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The Father Of Maltese Art Remembered Fondly By Artists Both Locally And Internationally

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Heartbroken people from all over the island have been sharing fond memories and photos of this amazing man. Gabriel Caruana has touched many lives, especially through his tender teachings and guidance.

Caruana was a well respected ceramist, painter and sculptor. Yesterday, the pioneer of modern art passed away at the age of 89.

The artist was not only venerated on our island but all over the world. He exhibited works in Israel, Osaka, Detroit, London, Italy, Melbourne, Germany, Tripoli and Switzerland.

Some of his works are still exhibited at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, the Museum of Fine Arts in Malta and at the Gabriel Caruana Foundation in Birkirkara.

Caruana touched many lives, especially during his time as a ceramics teacher at the Ta’ Tarġa School in Mosta. His ceramics evening classes were highly celebrated by everyone who had the fortune to attend.

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He founded the Gabriel Caruana Foundation in 2016, a legacy which he himself built to promote and preserve modern and contemporary local arts. The aim of this foundation is to aid upcoming artists and to promote modern art both locally and overseas. It’s main aim is to promote diversity and dialogue between local and international artists.

Caruana made contemporary art accessible with his public art sculptures, the Mitħna ta’ Ganu in Birkirkara and his participation in the Maltese Carnival Celebrations (1958 to 1988).

Gabriel’s career spanned over 60 years. He was honoured with countless awards for his contribution to the artistic scene in Malta and as an art educator. He was even awarded the Premju Għarfien Kulturali in 2003 and the Medal for Artistic Achievement in 1999.

You can still enjoy Gabriel’s ethereal works at The Mill in Birkirkara, where events, exhibitions, talks and workshops are held for the public.

Artists and organisations from all over the island and beyond are paying their respects

Along with organisations and people he supported during his life

Even ex-students came forward to give their respects

And people who’s life he touched

You will be deeply missed, Gabriel.

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