Alison Zammit Endrich was born in Malta and lives in Rabat. She is passionate about life, spirituality, family and anything art related.
When and how did you get started?
I always had a passion for drawing and painting but I started out with a career in primary school education. I studied Art between 1990 and 1995 with the hope of teaching it and that’s what I have been doing since 1996. I called myself an artist and not an art teacher, after my first solo exhibition, ‘San Blas’, in 2015.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
In 2015 I would have said a landscape/seascape artist but the truth is I am inspired by personal experiences, my environment and most especially nature and I love to express myself in a semi-abstract/abstract style.
My current style does not fit into a specific genre.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Acrylic, glass, print, hands, colour, texture,
Where was your first exhibition held?
My first solo was held at Il-Hagar – Heart of Gozo.
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?
I have many favourites and it is usually because of the experience that would have inspired the painting.
What are you working on at the moment?
Since 2017 I have been experimenting with Acrylic on glass, painting on the reverse side. I love it! I put up my first exhibition in this style in June of this year – in my garden where I exhibited 33 of my favourite pieces. The feedback was incredibly encouraging and I will definitely stick with this style and technique for the next few years.
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Matisse for his use of colour. Picasso for his wide variety of styles and techniques that he experimented with and developed and Miro for his highly imaginative form of painting.
If Alison Zammit Endrich weren’t an artist, what would she be?
A globetrotting humanitarian.
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Sitting on our terrace overlooking San Blas Valley, surrounded by my family and close friends and sipping an ice-cold Vodka bitter lemon.
I am happiest when my children succeed in life and are happy and at peace.
What do you love about Malta?
Family, friends, our history, the weather, the sea.
What do you hate about Malta?
The politics, the overpopulation, pollution, traffic, lack of space, the lack of trees, the noise.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
My favourite colour has always been green. Growing up my mother dressed me up in green… it matched my eyes!! I suppose it’s my ‘go-to’ colour. When I close my eyes and think of green I see trees, grass, gardens, the sea so close to our coast.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Very difficult to pick a favourite when I’ve got so many! Cheese and wine… Butter on hot Maltese bread, whether toasted or not… Art materials in all colours, shapes and sizes… Dark chocolate, cakes and biscuits… My sofa and a good movie…
Not necessarily in this order…
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