Added Jun 29, 2007
on Wednesday 27th June 2007, Rupert Cefai has been awarded 2nd prize at the Malta Society of Arts 6th Annual Competition. This year, 126 artists and 197 works of art took part in the competition. The event is being held at the Marchese Scicluna Hall, Trade Fair Grounds Naxxar. It will be open until the 8th of July 2007.
Added Apr 24, 2005
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.
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.
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.
“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