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Playmagic: Giacomo Liberio

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Playmagic: Giacomo Liberio

Giacomo Liberio is an Italian 3D character artist living in Malta, who works for the videogame development company, PlayMagic.

During The Trail, Giacomo will be developing a digitally sculpted character from an initial sketch into a finished asset – an unmissable Trail event for all you aspiring 3D artists out there!

Giacomo has been passionate about computer-generated animation and videogames from a young age, and thanks to the NEMO Academy of Florence has had the opportunity to turn this passion into a career. He looks forward to welcoming you on The Trail and explaining more about his creative process and the technical knowledge involved in 3D character design.

Jonathan Vella

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Jonathan Vella

Local artist and designer Jonathan Vella, comes from both an artistic field and a technical one. His work ranges from physically handcrafted artworks, to digitally rendered 3D models and computer generated animations.

During The Trail he will be explaining the process behind his digital work, which mainly includes architectural structures and vintage products. Jonathan will also be demonstrating the technique behind his newly discovered passion for quilling and paper sculptures, and you will have the opportunity to personalise your own work of art – which you get to keep! Besides this, as visitors you will get the chance to win one of his artworks by taking part in a simple competition. Jonathan will show you how he merges his digital skills together with his handcrafted work. He also has a new brand called Ampuletta.

Jonathan’s art revolves around his love for his home country, Malta, and his childhood memories. Born, raised and still living in one of Malta’s oldest cities, Żebbuġ, where traditional architecture and vintage Maltese cultural elements still outweigh the fast-paced progress which is fast spreading across this beautiful island, he is aware that eventually his memories will be just that – memories. Therefore, by applying his 3D modelling skills to digitally build heritage structures and vintage products dating back to the post WW2 era, or handcrafting unique Maltese traditional tiles out of paper, he feels that he is preserving these elements from their inevitable fate.

“I believe that in today’s world, change is inevitable.” says Jonathan. “Therefore, instead of trying to fight it, I have learned to accept and embrace it. As a creative person I am taking advantage of technology by making use of digital programs to build 3D models which can be printed by sophisticated machines. On the other hand, while technology has made reproduction of artworks cheap and easy, my handcrafted paper sculptures require a more personal touch. In my opinion, this balance is what keeps my work fresh and attractive.”

When I first discovered digital artist Jonathan Vella’s art, I was intrigued by the two-dimensional images: striking paper-white contours of landmass and dramatic architecture which stood out against lightly undulating sky-blue sea, as if reflecting pure midsummer sunshine. I took the time to watch a video he has recently produced which took 5688 frames and over 1029 hours – the finished film was 4.30 minutes of wow factor for anyone who has visited Malta or Valletta. It put me in mind of the opening sequences of Game of Thrones, much of which was shot in the Maltese archipelago including by Gozo’s now-fallen Azure Window. With stark layers of the passing of time presented in a modern format, this piece offers an interesting vision of how today’s cityscape would look if the sixteenth century struggles between sword and scimitar had gone the Ottomans’ way.” – says art writer Esther Lafferty.

Playmagic: Eugeniu Andriuta

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Playmagic: Eugeniu Andriuta

Eugeniu Andriuta is a Moldovan concept artist living in Malta, who works for video-game design house PlayMagic.

During The Trail Eugeniu will be creating the concept for a game character from scratch – an unmissable Trail event for all you gamers out there!

He has always been passionate about video games and has loved playing them since his early childhood. He started his gaming experience on his first console, the Playstation 1 and has fond memories of playing Crash Bandicoot and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.

Eugeniu loves drawing fantasy creatures, monsters and knights, and enjoys creating compelling characters and colourful worlds which, as a concept artist he not only gets to imagine, he can bring his creations to life.

Eugeniu paints digitally using Adobe Photoshop and uses brush pens for sketching.

Maria Ciantar

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Maria Ciantar

Maria Ciantar is a 21 year old artist who recently completed a degree in Psychology.

On The Trail Maria will be demonstrating live portrait drawing. She will be available to answer questions about her creative process and how she hopes to use her art for therapeutic purposes.

Maria studied art to an advanced level during post-secondary education, and would like to apply her creative talents to art therapy. Her work is emotive and is inspired directly by her feelings in the moment. This lends a unique and personal meaning to each of her artworks, capturing what might be described as an emotive ‘photograph’ of her inner thoughts at that time.

Maria Elena Vella

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Maria Elena Vella

From an early age Maria was passionate about art. She recently completed a BA in Fine Arts, a course which has helped her develop her artistic concepts and skills.

Whilst primarily a sculptor, Maria has recently begun to explore working with resin to make jewellery, and she will be demonstrating these processes live on The Trail.

Her work focuses on a personal matter, a guilty pleasure, or a social or cultural issue. In her own words, Maria describes her art as ”a new life in a more hybrid way; allowing me to explore the fallibility and the perception of mechanics through observation’’. 

Maria favours the use of ceramics and casting, and often makes master moulds of real-life objects. After repeated casting, she augments the ceramic slip in order to create something new. Whether it’s a personal heirloom or a piece of the human anatomy, Maria elevates these everyday objects to pieces of art, and makes us question what we consider to be mundane.

Matthew Micallef

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Matthew Micallef

Matthew was born in Germany in 1982, but grew up in Malta from the age of one. Throughout his early years you could find him drawing, painting or building with Meccano and Lego. Something about forms, colours and depth captured his complete attention. He would always carry a drawing pad and pencil, knowing that if he was ever bored with his surroundings, he could dive into his imagination.

Matthew invites you to join him in his imaginary world at Marco Polo Hostel on The Trail, where he will be working on paintings and talking about his creative process. Prepare to be captivated by Matthew’s use of colour and expressive style.

After spending four years at the Art & Design Institute, now part of the Malta College for Art, Science & Technology, he had the opportunity to learn and work in the field of interior design.

By this time he was accustomed to using various media in his art, but had never worked with acrylics. In 2004 he was given his first commission, when he decided to try this medium. With great success he continues to use acrylic as his medium of choice, developing his style and techniques. Matthew has exhibited collectively and individually, and was recently featured in Volume 1 of The Artists’ Directory. His  most recent work features abstracts, classic vehicles and iconic local scenery.

Amelia Saint George

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Amelia Saint George

Amelia Saint George became devoted to sculpture ten years ago, when her work evolved from portraiture. Her figurative realistic style allows for rigorous attention to detail.

During The Trail Amelia will be working on a piece of sculpture and explaining the nature of her creative process. If you have ever wanted to learn more about sculpture, this is your chance!

Whilst Amelia’s portraiture is usually created from life, she also takes on commissions and works from photographs, a particularly challenging task when it comes to 3D work. The ages of her subjects (currently at more than fifty) vary from just two weeks to 92. These commissions evolve during the sculpting process, since they are informed by the interaction between herself and her subject

Her thirty bronze animals, some in pairs, are caught in the middle of movement, implying vitality and the animal’s spirit. For many years Amelia had a smallholding, which gave her the opportunity to observe her animals and their individual traits and interactions with one another. This gave her a keen insight into their characters.

David Debono

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David Debono

David Debono is an artist who specialises in portraying the human figure. Raised in Nadur, Gozo, in a family known for its artistic skills, he cannot remember a time when he was not experimenting with drawing and sculpting clay.

During The Trail David can be found at Portomaso Business Tower, working on his portrait paintings. This is a fantastic opportunity to see David painting from life, to ask about his process and learn more about the art of portraiture.

David begins by sketching live models or working from memory, trying new compositional arrangements in his sketchbook. Many will end up on a high quality linen canvas, paper or wood panel and his favourite media are oils, charcoal or graphite. He works using various techniques, both ‘alla prima’ (a process whereby colour is applied directly to the canvas) and indirectly, where paint is applied layer after layer until the desired colour is achieved.

David’s compelling charcoal studies of people and faces are masterfully strong and expressive, and in each of his works you can see his careful training and feel the weight of art history. In many, with striking sepia tones, it is almost as if you are stepping back in time. They intrigue the viewer and invite you to uncover their narrative.” says art writer Esther Lafferty.

Clare Lightfoot

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Clare Lightfoot

Clare Lightfoot is an artist who draws great inspiration from the colours found in the Maltese archipelago.

On The Trail Clare will be demonstrating encaustic wax painting live, a rare process to witness, so come along to the Two Buoys Art Studio and Restaurant in St Julian’s to take a look and chat with Clare about her work.

Encaustic wax painting is an ancient medium involving hot beeswax applied in molten form to wood or other surfaces. Clare creates a variety of abstract and semi-abstract artworks, which are as captivating as they are vibrant.

In addition to her paintings she also makes hand-painted greeting cards, which are equally as unique.

Emily Beckmann

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Emily Beckmann

Emily Beckmann is an artist and final-year postgraduate student of M.A. Film Studies at The University of Malta. Her interests include A.I., Behavioural Psychology, Cognitive Science and Neurodiversity.

On The Trail Emily will be screening a film of her work and influences, and sharing her creative process.

Emily’s new film, THE OBSIDIAN, has been made in collaboration with Scottish artist and professional software developer, Alex Hunsley. This short experimental film about time and space is based on Emily’s collage-making process, and focuses on the interaction between visual and gestural communication, resulting in the creation of disrupted surfaces. The viewer’s gaze is drawn perpetually around the screen, while illusions of depth are presented and intermittently disrupted.

Emily’s participation in The Trail is kindly supported by Maltese audio-visual events company, Power House.

www.powerhousemalta.com