Mario Sammut, was born in Malta in 1955. From an early age he attended drawing and painting lessons by Antoine Camilleri and Esprit Barthet, two of Malta’s leading artists. In 1987, he attended classes in ceramics under the guidance of ceramist Gabriel Caruana. From then on, totally absorbed by the clay medium, he expressed his artistic ideas in ceramics.
His ceramics are hand-built, using slabs to create sculptural forms which depict a particular expressive style of the human figure emphasising a balance of texture, shape and line. He uses oxides and monochromatic glazes to emphasize the sculptural qualities of his forms depicting the human figure. In his abstract forms, he makes use of underglazes, enhanced with oxides and glazes.
From 1989 onwards, Mario took part in various collective ceramics exhibitions in Malta and has also exhibited his works in Cyprus, Frankfurt, Sicily and Denmark. He also co-organised the Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibitions, which have been ongoing since 2005 alternating the venue between Malta and Cyprus, where the works of 26ceramists from both countries are exhibited. The last one being in October 2013 which was held in Auberge d’Italie in Valletta, Malta.
In 2011, his three works submitted for the Public Art in Gozo Competition were short listed and in 2012, on commission by the Ministry for Gozo, he modelled one of these selected works, ‘Embracing Dancers’, into a 2.5metre bronze sculpture, which has been placed at Xewkija, on the road from Mgarr Harbour to Rabat in Gozo.
His ceramic works can be found in private collections in Malta and various other countries and in the collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Malta and the Ministry of Gozo.
2010 Humanity In Forms – Malta Fine Arts Museum, Valletta.
2013 Expressing Humanity – Palazzo de la Salle Valletta.
2013 Visions of Humanity – Banca Giuratale ,Victoria, Gozo.
Embracing Dancers – 2.5m bronze sculpture at Xewkija, Gozo
Collectives (from 2005);
2005 – Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition – Palazzo Vilhena, Mdina
2005 – Cyprus-Malta Ceramics Exhibition – Kypria Gonia, Larnaca, Cyprus
2006 -Unita 2006
2007 – 6th Biennale of Contemporary Christian Art
2007 – Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition – Auberge d’Italie – Valletta
2007 – Unita 2007
2007 – Diversity in Art – Razzett tal-Markiz Mallia Tabone – Mosta
2008 – Cyprus-Malta Ceramics Exhibition at The Municipal Gallery Larnaca, Cyprus
2008 – Alte Oper, Frankfurt – Four Artist Exhibition
2008 – Unita 2008
2008 – Freeforms – 3 Artist Exhibition – Hastings Gardens Valletta.
2008 – Rotta tal-Arti – Indipendenza 2008
2008 – Diversity II – Razzett tal- Markiz Mallia Tabone – Mosta
2009 – Freeforms II – 4 Artist Exhibition, Hastings Gardens, Valletta.
2009 – Rotta tal-Arti Indipendenza 2009
2009 – Third Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition, St. James Cavalier Arts Centre, Valletta
2010 – Art Collective – Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema.
2010 – Rotta tal-Arti 2010
2010 – European Ceramic Context 2010– Bornholm, Denmark.
2010 – Cyprus-Malta Ceramics Exhibition – Municipal Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus.
2011 – Palermo (Bagheria) – Sicily/Cyprus/Malta Ceramics Exhibition
2011 – Gozo Public Art –. Rabat, Gozo (3 exhibits shortlised)
2011 – Sacred Art Biennale 2011 – Cittadella, Gozo
2011 – Art Exhibition –Palazzo de la Salle Valletta.
2011 – Rotta tal-Arti 2011
2011 – Malta Ceramics Festival
2012 – Rotta tal-Arti 2012
2012 – Cyprus-Malta Ceramics Exhibition – Municipal Gallery, Cyprus
2012 – Collective Exhibition Artistic Impressions II, Cavalieri Hotel, St.Julians
2013 – Sacred Art Biennale 2013 – Cittadella, Gozo
2013 – Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition – Auberge d’Italie, Valletta.
2013 – Annual Exhibition – Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta.
2013 – APS Banks Art Exhibition 2013 (4-artist exhibition) – APS Bank Centre, Swatar, B’kara.