Chris Briffa is an Architect by profession, artist by passion; but he says the line between the two is often blurred. Artistic installations, sculptural spaces, and an obsession with how light falls within spaces and upon objects, are recurring themes in most of his works. He lives and works and plays in Valletta and its environs, but he often visits art shows and events overseas whenever he get the chance.
How did you get started?
My father thought me how to draw the eight-pointed Maltese cross, at the age of four. After that it was pretty much drawing and sketching all the time, which led me to art and eventually to architecture.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
Architecture, drawing, product design, installation & public art.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
Minimalist and austere in concept, tactile and contrasted in materiality.
Where was your first exhibition held?
My first solo was in an abandoned building, looking like the interior of a chapel, in Valletta in 2007. It was a study of framing artwork, items of furniture and sketches from live classes.
Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
The next one.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
My inspiration comes from many artists and architects, and it is difficult to pinpoint one. Anish Kapoor, Christo, and Peter Zumthor to mention the first three that come to mind.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
That’s a very expansive question.