Gilbert Fenech, was born in 1979, the son of George and Doris Fenech. He received his formal art education at the Junior College under Caesar Attard and Fr. Gino Gauci, and at the University of Malta under Lino Borg and Dr. Joseph P. Cassar, and from where he graduated B.Ed. (Hons) in Technical Design and Technology. Gilbert was also tutored privately by his father George in whose studio he spent most of my childhood, and whom he accompanied while painting landscapes on the spot.
How did you get started?
Spending my summer holidays in my father’s studio gave me a great opportunity to start appreciating and exploring this artistic world.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
Most of my work is figurative, mainly landscapes and still life paintings but I do experiment with abstract too.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
Tranquility in harmonious colours and shapes
Where was your first exhibition held?
I participated in numerous collective exhibitions from a very young age but I consider that the exhibition that I had together with my father and the German artist Jörg Böttcher in Rabat Gozo was my true artistic baptism.
How long have you been painting?
Since I was 12.
Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
A painting of a country road in the middle of Mizieb. I consider it important as it reminds me of my father who was there painting with me on that day and when I was done he commented on this painting telling me that I was on the right track I just have to keep walking.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Mostly by my father but I also admire the Impressionists
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Being an artist is not a job, it’s not like being a doctor or an electrician, it’s a way of being, and so not being an artist is not being me.
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Having the luxury of spending time doing what you love doing with people who appreciates and share your own passions.
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