Manuel Farrugia son of George and Mayanne, born in Victoria, Gozo.(Malta), on 9 January 1989. He received his first artistic education at the Wistin Camilleri School of Arts in Ghajnsielem, Ninu Cremona Boys’ Lyceum and Sir M.A. Refalo Institute, Victoria. These were followed by a four-year course at the School of Arts in Valletta, Malta under the supervision of the renowned artist Tony Sciberras. In 2012 he graduated with Distinction in Diploma in Fine Arts. Under the supervision of artist Pawl Carbonaro he practiced the art of engraving and also that of portraiture, both in oil and in clay.
Farrugia’s studio is located in Victoria, Gozo. His works include paintings, statues, busts, and designs. They may be found in churches and private residences in Malta, Australia, Italy, England, Germany, USA and Kenya.
Some of Farrugia’s best works include the 8 pendents which decorate the nave in the church of St George at Ħal Qormi; the apse of the parish church at Saint Paul’s Bay; and other paintings at the churches of Christ the King in Paola, and the church of Saint Teresa in Cospicua. The main altarpiece at the sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Pompei in Marsaxlokk is also Farrugia’s work. A set of paintings from his first personal exhibition ‘LUX’, were chosen by the Commission of Sacred Art as illustrations for the Catholic Missal (C).
Farrugia is able to interpret with different artistic styles, with Verismo being his favourite.
He uses ‘Wet-on-Wet’ technique which requires a fast way of working, since the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried