Caesar Attard

16th October 2020

Caesar Attard (b. 1946) is a Maltese artist. He studied at the Malta School of Art (1966-1973) and since 1969 remained consistently active in the local art scene participating in exhibitions in Malta and abroad. He was member of local art groups Spectrum ’67, Vision ’74, and Atelier ’56. Attard was teacher of Art from 1970 to 1995 and lecturer in Visual Art Practice and History of Art in the Art Department at the Junior College of the University of Malta from 1995 to 2011. 

Since the 70’s Attard experimented in non-traditional forms such as  “Human Pantographers – a cybernetic experience” in the Language Laboratory, Cottonera, 1977; “Open-Ended Meta-dimensional Field – 100 Free-standing Units” and a participatory performance called “The Artist as Model”, in St. George’s Square, Valletta, 1977;  another performance called “The Identity Card”  at an AŻAD event, Floriana, 1978; “Graphicon: Icons of memory, Images of Observation, Icons of Manipulation”: a multi-media project in “Art in Malta Today”, at St James’ Cavalier  Centre for Creativity, Valletta, 2000; “Unfinished”, an installation, St James’ Cavalier, Valletta, 2007; and “Tonguesgate”, at “Milkshake” – a collective Multimedia Arts project, Valletta, 2013. 

Attard participated in numerous exhibitions including Galleria Renzo Spagnoli, Firenze, 1988; Rathaus Hardtberg, Bonn-Duisdorf, Germany, 1992; at Palais des Nations, Geneva, 2001; “Searching for Caravaggio”, an installation in Valletta, 2007; “Made in MT – Maltese Art Now” Brussels, 2014; at Hof De Bist – 252CC, Antwerp, 2018; at “rajt ma rajtx – naf li rajt”, Valletta Contemporary, Valletta, 2021. He had various solo exhibitions: “Drawings”, at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, in 1980; Malta Embassy, Moscow, 1986; “Fear and Risk”, Floriana, 1987; “Life and Passion”, Auberge de Provence, Valletta, 1992; “Paintings and Drawings”, New Gallery, Auberge de Provence, Valletta, 1994; and “ → ”, at the National Museum of Fine Art, Valletta in 2007; “Caesar Attard: a Retrospective Exhibition” at the Bank of Valletta Headquarters, SantaVenera, 2007; “H-ardcore, a multimedia installation at St James’ Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, 2013; “B/s/b” at M.S.A, Valletta, 2017.

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