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 26 ceramists 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.