Commemorating sculptor Frans Galea

Today, Heritage Malta is inviting the public to attend a commemorative event in name of sculptor Frans Galea, at the national-community art museum MUŻA. This event will feature Galea’s family and acquaintances who will be sharing their experience and recollections about the artist.

Frans Galea (1945-1994) was one of our best sculptors of the past decades of the 20th century. He was born just after World War II and like most aspiring artists of his generation, he attended the Malta School of Art. Later on, he was awarded a five-year grant to study in Florence at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

In the 1970s, some local artists remained traditional in their work. However others, including Galea, sought a new cultural identity and embraced new modern styles. This search for self is exquisitely reflected in his works.

His skillful ability to analyse and portray the human figure is shown in various works, including ‘Iċ-Ċiklisti’ (The cyclists), In-Nisa Taħt l-Umbrella (Women under an Umbrella) and ‘Guitar Player’.

Some of his renowned works with a religious theme include the statue of St Francis located in front of the Pwales Valley chapel, the statue of Our Lady at the Archbishop’s Seminary School at Tal-Virtù, and the pedestal of St Sebastian in Qormi.

Unfortunately, the early demise of this sculptor ended his artistic career but the works he left behind him are nonetheless a tribute to his outstanding accomplishment.

Lecture will be in Maltese. Admission is free of charge. Time: 18.30hrs

MUŻA is situated at the Auberge d’Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta.