Biography

Christopher Saliba holds degrees in Art from the University of Malta and  the Accademia di Belle Arti "Pietro Vannucci" in Perugia. During his four-year scholarship at the Accademia, Saliba participated in important artistic projects; he displayed his grand scale paintings in several collective exhibitions and produced various installations and videos.

Christopher Saliba’s approach to art is quite versatile and painting is just one medium in his repertoire of artistic creations. Sculpture, printmaking, photography, installations and video are also valid means which enable  him to express his thoughts and emotions. His work tries to reveal the complex nature of the human being as well as the primordial link between mankind and the natural environment. Being a native of Gozo – a very small island situated at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea -  explains his interest in expressing symbolically the spatial and physical limitations of people living in confined spaces.

Christopher Saliba exhibited several times in different countries like Italy, England, France and Malta. Recently, he participated in an international exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris. His works are found in numerous art collections in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States as well as in the permanent  collections  of important art institutions, namely the Accademia di Belle Arti, “Pietro Vannucci”, in Perugia, the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity and the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta. Essays and reviews about Christopher Saliba’s work feature in several local and foreign publications, the latest being Cross-Currents: Critical Essays on Art and Culture in Malta.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBTIONS

February 2002, Dimensions of the Soul, Banca Guiratale, Victoria, Gozo.
September 2003, Idylls of Gozo, Ministry Exhibition Hall, Victoria, Gozo.
October 2004, Transcending the Ordinary, Banca Giuratale, Victoria, Gozo.
April 2005, Realms of the Spirit, Cleland & Souchet, Portomaso, St. Julians, Malta.
October 2005, Silent Places, Ministry Exhibition Hall, Victoria, Gozo.
May 2006, Impressions, Cleland & Souchet, Portomaso, St.Julians, Malta.
October 2006, Of Time and Timelessness, St.James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta.
November 2007, Roots of an Island, The National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta.
December 2008, Virtual Confinement (video installation), St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta.
October 2009, Time Frames 1880 - 2009 (video installation), The Cabinet Room Auberge de Castille, Valletta.
April 2010, Introspections, the Auberge d'Italie, Valletta.
January 2011, Lux Aeterna - Sul viaggio della Luce, Galleria Villa Niscemi, Palermo, Italy.


SELECTED COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

April 1998, Pruriti (installations), L'Atelier, Via dell' Aquila, Perugia, Italy.
June 1999, Caratteri 1999 (installations), Sant' Andrea d'Agliano, Perugia, Italy.
June 2000, Caratteri della Memoria (installations), Parco Santa Margherita, Perugia, Italy.
March 2001, Estasi (paintings), Galleria Fabbricato d'Italia, Perugia, Italy.
May 2001, Gener-azioni, Accademia di Belle Arti, Pietro Vannucci, Perugia, Italy.
September 2003, Malta Day (paintings), St. Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, London, England.
September 2006, Rotta ta' l-Arti - Indipendenza 2006 (paintings), Mdina, Malta.
March 2007, 30 Years of Art in Malta, Intercontinental, St. Julian’s, Malta.
June 2007, Malta International (105 nations) Art Biennale, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.
July 2007, Tribute to Malta, Centre Culturel Christiane Peugeot, Paris.
October 2007, Reprocessed (installations), Upper Barrakka  Gardens, Valletta.
October 2008,  Art Alive: Notte Bianca, the Auberge de Castille, Valletta.
November 2008, Itinera 2: collective exhibition by artists who studied in Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta.
September 2009, Les grands maitres de demain, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.

DUO EXHIBITIONS

March 2008, Selection D.O.C.  (in collaboration with Mario Cassar), Gallery art...e, Victoria, Gozo.
July 2008, Dual Connection (in collaboration with Mario Cassar) , Le Meridien, St.Julians, Malta.


The Prime Minister Dr. Lawrence Gonzi introducing the exhibition Introspections. Left to right: Dr. Louis Lagana', Hon. Dr. Mario De Marco, Christopher Saliba, the Prime Minister Dr. Lawrence Gonzi.

The artist next to Professor Joe Friggieri during the opening of Introspections, 6th April 2010.

The award presented to Christopher Saliba at the Malta International (105 nations) Biennale 2007 for his winning entry in the painting category.

Installation of Looking Inside, Upper Barrakka Gardens, October 2007

Christopher Saliba standing next to the projection of the video Virtual Confinement,
St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, December 2008.