rupert cefai

rupert cefai
(1971- )
Nationality: mt Malta


Rupert Cefai is a visual artist, his preferred artistic media are painting, drawing, digital photography and the combination of both traditional (painting and drawing) and ‘new’ media techniques. His work reflects his own enjoyment of all subjects ranging from the human figure through to abstracts and landscapes, showing his fascination with that blend and balance in art that stands on the line between the real and the abstract. His main exhibitions reflect the inspiration he finds in different aspects of life such as everyday human experiences (Effigy, 2005), the built environment (C, 2007), dance (Tektika Tango, 2010) literature (Ġmiel il-Ħrafa, 2011) and music (Spirtupront, 2011). In 2008 he had his first solo exhibition abroad (Narratives in Light), at the Chiesa Degli Artisti in Piazza Del Popolo, Roma which earned him an invitation to participate in the Biennale D’Arte Internazzionale di Roma 2012. In 2012, Rupert held a solo exhibition titled Tiers of Truths at the Framers Gallery in central London and a follow-up exhibition in Malta at Christine X Art Gallery, Sliema, Malta.


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Rupert Cefai is a visual artist, his preferred artistic media are painting, drawing, digital photography and the combination of both traditional (painting and drawing) and ‘new’ media techniques. Trained as an Interior Designer and after spending 14 years in the business, Rupert has shifted his focus from design to art and is now dedicating his time solely to artistic projects.
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As an artist Rupert exhibits on a regular basis, taking part in a number of solo and collective exhibitions. His work reflects his own enjoyment of all subjects ranging from the human figure through to abstracts and landscapes, showing his fascination with that blend and balance in art that stands on the line between the real and the abstract. His main exhibitions reflect the inspiration he finds in different aspects of life such as everyday human experiences (Effigy, 2005), the built environment (C, 2007), dance (Tektika Tango, 2010) literature (Ġmiel il-Ħrafa, 2011) and music (Spirtupront, 2011). In 2008 he had his first solo exhibition abroad (Narratives in Light), at the Chiesa Degli Artisti in Piazza Del Popolo, Roma which earned him an invitation to participate in the Biennale D’Arte Internazzionale di Roma 2012. In 2012, Rupert held a solo exhibition titled Tiers of Truths at the Framers Gallery in central London and a follow-up exhibition in Malta at Christine X Art Gallery, Sliema, Malta.
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Rupert has a passion for Argentine Tango, he is also an editorial cartoonist and contributes regularly on Maltese national newspapers. For over 2 years, Rupert was a permanent guest on TV program Folji.
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“Drawn into this world of myths and tales, Rupert Cefai has created a body of work in which his figures fluctuate in and out of the painting's existence. Atmospheres are unified. The stuff of dreams; the incoherant mass through which creations start to flicker into life. Almost uncertain as to their identity, his spirit-like figures merge into their backgrounds - into the tales which have given them life, on whose existence they are forever dependent. They play hide-and-seek. Now you see me, now you don't. They leave us searching, looking... wanting.”
Lisa Gwen Baldacchino 2011


Exhibition List


Upcoming Projects

Oct. 2014 - Fragile Beauty - project with Shield Consultants

Mar. 2015 - Talb Imsikket - more info soon

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List of Major Past Exhibitions

April 2013 - tiers of truths...extended - Solo - Artitude Gallery, Sliema, Malta

Oct. 2012 - tiers of truths - Solo - Artefact Gallery, London, UK

Dec 2011 And Then - Solo - Capotavola - Marsascala, Malta

Sept 2011 Spirtupront - tranlating Jazz into colour - A collaborative Project with international Jazz Musician David Paquette - Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana, Malta

May 2011 Ġmiel il-Ħrafa ( the Beauty of the Tale) - Solo - Inquisitor’s Palace - Heritage Malta - Birgu

Dec 2010 Art...e Gozo - together with Carmel Cachia, Andrew Diacono, Victor Spiteri - art...e Gallery, Victoria, Gozo

May 2010 A Tribute to Mothers - collective - Pardo Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Palazzo Parisio, Valletta, Malta

April 2010 Tektika Tango - collective - Phoenicia Hotel, Malta

Oct 2009 Milonga Otonal - Tango Studies and Sketches - Solo - Villa Madama, Attard, Malta

Oct 2008 Narratives In Light - Solo - Chiesa Degli Artisti, Piazza Del Popolo, Roma, Italia

Oct 2007 2nd ArtsDirectory Malta Annual Exhibition - Collective - Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta, Malta

Oct 2007 C – an exhibition of paintings - Solo - Art…e GALLERY, Victoria Gozo, Malta

July 2007 Garibaldi Exhibition - competition - Winner of Intercontinental Price - Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta, Malta

Jun 2007 Malta Society of Arts Annual Exhibition - competition - 1st Runner-up - Naxxar, Malta

Apr 2006 Arts Directory Malta Annual Exhibition - collective - Phoenix Complex, St. Venera - Malta

Dec 2005 Artissa 02 Exhibition – collective - 240 Complex Fgura, Malta

Oct 2005 Artissa 01 Exhibition – collective - 240 Complex Fgura, Malta

Oct 2005 Effigy - images of human likeness - Solo - Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard - Malta - del Borgo Wine Bar, Birgu - Malta

May 2005 Four-Figure Tables collaborative - together with Photographer Bernard Bonnici, Calligraphist Gordon Pace Flores , Manoel Theatre Central Courtyard, Valletta, Malta - del Borgo Wine Bar, Birgu, Malta


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