Five decades of Mary de Piro’s art cel­e­brated

● 24th BOV Ret­ro­spec­tive Art Ex­hi­bi­tion at BOV Cen­tre in­au­gu­rated

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

The 24th Bank of Val­letta Ret­ro­spec­tive Ex­hi­bi­tion at the BOV Cen­tre in Santa Ven­era, fea­tur­ing work by in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned con­tem­po­rary Mal­tese artist Mary de Piro, was of­fi­cially opened by Pres­i­dent Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca on Fri­day.

On her ar­rival, the Pres­i­dent was wel­comed by BOV chair­man John Cas­sar White and CEO Mario Mal­lia and was then in­tro­duced to the artist, Mary de Piro, and the cu­ra­tor Dr Theresa Vella.

Ad­dress­ing the guests present at the open­ing cer­e­mony, Mr Cas­sar White said: “We are de­lighted to host Mary de Piro’s work at the BOV Cen­tre, adding yet another pres­ti­gious name to the se­ries of BOV Ret­ro­spec­tive Art Ex­hi­bi­tions.” Com­mend­ing Mary de Piro for her inim­itable style, range of vi­sion and tech­nique that are recog­nis­able world­wide, he said: “Mary de Piro’s evo­lu­tion over the past 50 years runs par­al­lel to the evo­lu­tion of Mal­tese con­tem­po­rary art and serves to un­der­line her valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tional cul­ture of our is­lands.”

Cu­ra­tor Dr Theresa Vella, in­tro­duc­ing the artist, said: “Mary de Piro’s artis­tic ca­reer spans over five decades, from the 1960s, when her modernist vi­sion of the Mal­tese land­scape first brought her to crit­i­cal at­ten­tion, up to the present day, with her undi­min­ished mas­tery in rep­re­sent­ing the ab­stract na­ture of dis­tance, space and light.”

Renowned ar­chi­tect Richard Eng­land, long-time friend of the artist and pa­tron of her works, made a short speech about the artist: “Mary de Piro is a mas­ter artist, a ca­bal­is­tic al­chemist who trans­forms the sun-washed land and town­scapes of our na­tive isle into images of translu­cent mys­ti­cism and magic.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is ac­com­pa­nied by a cat­a­logue that in­cludes a con­cise bi­og­ra­phy of the artist to­gether with a re­pro­duc­tion of the works of art on dis­play in this ex­hi­bi­tion. The ex­hi­bi­tion will re­main open to the pub­lic un­til 1 De­cem­ber.

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