George Scicluna: George Scicluna (1966- ) was born in Victoria, Gozo, Malta. At the age of 15 he won 2nd prize in a competition organized by UNESCO and in 1981 clinched 1st prize in a national school competition. After his initial studies at the Salvatore Dimech Art School, at Targa Gap, Mosta he obtained a diploma in graphic design. Later he attended an art course at the Malta School of Art. Between 1985 and 1990 George studied under the well-known Gozitan artist Chev. Paul Camilleri Cauchi and participated in several competitions and won various prizes. He also followed courses at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia, Italy (1989; 1990). In the 1980’s he painted props and scenery for Impresa Fasano, Rome and perspectives for opera theatres in Italy. George obtained 1st prize in the National Youth Art Competition (1995) and in 1996 won first prize in a competition organised by the Brussels-based Demo-Christian Foundation Robert Schumann. He organized ten personal exhibitions in Gozo and in Malta and participated in 2006 in an exhibition with Peter Howson, an artist of international stature in Glasgow, Scotland. George also took part in numerous collective exhibitions locally and in other countries. In 2011 the artist published: George Scicluna – Paintings (1985-2011) a volume of illustrated catalogue essays written by E. V. Borg that evaluate his work and career. In 2015 George participated in Art Expo in Rome. Lately he has found great satisfaction and pleasure hewing stone and working in ceramics. He is a powerful and bold expressionist who articulates his inner conflict with conviction, power, passion and struggle. In his latest exhibition: Memories of Gozo he has created vast panoramic scenarios in fitful flashes and splashes, convulsive autobiographic snapshots of great immediacy, vigour and grandeur: a vision both impressive and expressive. With great freedom he seems to tear pages from his sketch books and collates them on a large surface to achieve a monumental spread as if clutching at life not wanting to let go. With determination and courage George faces life’s vicissitudes and after deep reflection turns to action.