Paul Scerri

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Paul Scerri (b. 1959, Malta) is an artist of few words. He excels at creating intrigue and depicting stereotypical characters while delicately adding notions of injustice and narcissism to his works. His sculptures are open to individual interpretations.

Paul, whose career spans more than thirty years, set off on his artistic journey back in the 1970s. He observes how during this time “the character of my work has effectively made a full circle. Starting off from the figurative, I moved towards abstract ceramic creation, and have now turned back to figurative work.”

Paul was fortunate enough to embark on his professional training as an artist under the eminent tutorship of Esprit Barthet, following which he was awarded a number of scholarships in Italy. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vanucci of Perugia, and later attended the Istituto Statale D’Arte G. Ballardini in Faenza. It was here that Paul became enraptured by the clay medium. He proceeded to nourish his knowledge of the design and decoration of ceramic tiles by completing his studies in Imola. Impressively, Paul Scerri was awarded the first prize in Ceramics at the 1° Concorso Avis, which was held in Faenza.

On his return to Malta, he taught at the Art and Design Centre in Valletta. Today, while still producing his sculpture pieces, Paul is also a part-time lecturer of ceramics within the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta.