Mary de Piro an­nounced as pro­tag­o­nist of the up­com­ing BOV Ret­ro­spec­tive Art Ex­hi­bi­tion

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Mal­tese con­tem­po­rary artist Mary de Piro is the pro­tag­o­nist of the BOV Ret­ro­spec­tive Art Ex­hi­bi­tion that will be inau­gu­rated on 21 Oc­to­ber, and will be open to the gen­eral pub­lic from 22 Oc­to­ber up to 1 De­cem­ber 2016.

Born in 1946, de Piro re­ceived her early train­ing in art at the Ac­cademia dei Belle Arti in Florence and in the School of Art in Val­letta. Her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion was held in 1969 at the Mazaron Art Gallery in St Ju­lians. Based in the UK since 1975, de Piro re­mained a pro­lific artist to date, pro­duc­ing com­po­si­tions that vary in genre, but yet are recog­nis­able in her per­sonal style.

Set up in 1999 to pro­vide a space for the gen­eral pub­lic to ap­pre­ci­ate the tal­ented con­tem­po­rary artists, who made or are mak­ing a name for them­selves and for Malta, the BOV Ret­ro­spec­tive Art ex­hi­bi­tion is or­gan­ised by a ded­i­cated com­mit­tee. Mary de Piro will be the 24th Mal­tese artist whose life’s work will be com­mem­o­rated through this ex­hi­bi­tion, a name that will add pres­tige to the al­ready im­pres­sive list of artists.

Cu­rated by Dr Theresa Vella, Mary de Piro’s ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture 55 works of art that will show­case the artist’s land­scapes, por­traits and sa­cred art. Vis­i­tors to BOV Cen­tre, which will be trans­formed into a ver­i­ta­ble art gallery for the du­ra­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion, will be able to trace the artist’s evo­lu­tion from the very early works, in­clud­ing the large for­mat Din l-Art Helwa (1966) to the lat­est com­mis­sions, many of which have been loaned pur­posely from pri­vate col­lec­tions.

As in past edi­tions, Mary de Piro’s Ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion will be ac­com­pa­nied by a fully il­lus­trated cat­a­logue in­clud­ing a bi­o­graph­i­cal synop­sis and re­pro­duc­tions in colour of all the ex­hibits in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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