CV

Born in Malta, lives and works in London and Hertfordshire.

Selected exhibitions and events

2019
Why You Will Get Falling In Love Wrong, Watford Museum, Watford, Hertfordshire (group)
The Two Of Us, Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta, Malta (solo)
The Two Of Us, Grapevine Bar, The Questors Theatre, Ealing, London (solo)

2018
Ware Art Trail, Ware, Hertfordshire (group)
100, Watford Museum (group)
Ealing Beat 2018 art trail with The Fine Art Room (group)
– See and Saw, Kiva cafe, London (solo)

2017
– Myth & Lore,
Styx, London (group)
– Collage and mixed media course exhibition, 
Open Ealing, Orchard Cafe, London – curator
Autumn Learn to Draw course exhibition, Open Ealing, Orchard Cafe, London – curator
Summer Learn to Draw course exhibition, Open Ealing, Orchard Cafe, London – curator
Homebodies, Watford Museum, Watford, Hertfordshire (solo)
The Aldenham Art Festival, Aldenham, Hertfordshire (group)
– Small Is Beautiful, Open Ealing, Orchard Cafe, London – curator + judge on competition judging panel
– Home Truths,  Peter Ingram Gallery, Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley, Hertfordshire (solo)
Home Truths, OPEN Ealing, Orchard Cafe, London (solo)
#33 Annual Open Art Exhibition, CGP London, The Gallery By The Pool, Bermondsey, London (group)

2016
– USB-Shuffle-Show (Four),
Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin (group)
– Photography, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, Hertfordshire (group)
Shakespeare, Watford Museum, Watford, Hertfordshire (group)
The 32nd CGP London Annual Open Exhibition,
Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, London (group)
– Painting course exhibition, 
Open Ealing, Orchard Cafe, London – curator

2015
Off The Wall, Rebel Pebble, Watford, Hertfordshire (group)
The Stranger That Is Next To Me, Autonomous Cultural Social Centre, Skopje, Macedonia (group)
Fairy Tales, Watford Museum, Watford, Hertfordshire (group)
Bells From The Deep, Hundred Years Gallery, London (group)
– Nude and Fully Clothed, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, Hertfordshire (group)
The 31st CGP London Annual Open Exhibition, Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, London (group)
Geometric and Colour, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, Hertfordshire (group)
Capturing the Essence of Time, Artistsmeet, Watersmeet, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire (group)

2014
Escape to Happiness (with Guerilla Galleries), Daniel Liebskind Space, London (group)
Walking The Line, Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (group)
Like Home, Ghost Club, London (talk)
Toride International Video Projection Contest 2014, Toride, Japan (group)
Project Two Thousand Fourteen, (online gallery – artist of the day, 14 April)
The Stranger That Is Next To Me, Errant Bodies, Berlin (group)
Grace (part of the Bushey Arts Festival), Bushey, Hertfordshire (group)
Where’s The Art?, Modern Art Gallery, Oxford (group)
A Letter In Mind (The National Brain Appeal charity auction), Gallery@oxo, London (group)
Play Dead, The Old Curiosity Box, Northaw, Hertfordshire (solo)
Art, Language, Location, Cambridge University, Cambridge (group)
Papergirl Blackburn, St John’s Centre, Blackburn, Lancashire (group)
Winter Exhibition, Rebel Pebble, Watford, Hertfordshire (group)

2013
Context, The Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (group)
Micro-publishing workshop and exhibition, (in response to the exhibition Dreaming through –on & into the exotic by Paula Roush and Maria Lusitano), 192 Gallery, London (group)
City Lit Visual Arts show, London (group)
Lost Soles pop up exhibition (part of the London Design Festival), London (group)
London Stories, Battersea Arts Centre, London (storytelling performance)
ECHOES#2: Audio portraits of place – Mapping The Space Between A and B, Stress.fm broadcast, Lisbon, Portugal
Spark London: Fear, Platform Theatre, Central St Martins, London (storytelling performance)
Like Home, Ghost Night, London Fortean Society, London (talk)
Eastern Approaches, St Albans Museum, Hertfordshire (group)

2012
Freedom? Privacy? PI (Prvomajski Inkubator), Art and Culture Laboratory, KRK, Croatia (collaboration with Ting-Ting Cheng) (group)
Fragments, University of Westminster MA Art and Media Practice Course Graduate Show, Ambika P3, London (group)
Papergirl Bristol, The Looking Glass, Bristol (group)
Like Home, Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum, Watford, Hertfordshire (solo show)
London Ghost Conference, Bishopsgate Institute, London (talk)
Ghost IV, St John on Bethnal Green, London (group)

2011
Hope, Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Watford, Hertfordshire (group)
MA Art and Media Practice Interim show, London Gallery West, University of Westminster, London (group)
2 To The Power 10, Orange Dot Gallery, London (group)

2010
Freedom, Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Watford, Hertfordshire (group)
The City Lit Fine Art Course Show, London (group)

2009
St Albans Summer Exhibition, St Albans, Hertfordshire (group)

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Education

– MA Art and Media Practice – University Of Westminster, London (2010- 2012). Distinction.
– The City Lit Fine Art Course, City Lit, London (2009 – 2010).
– BA (Hons.) Technical Communication (Information Design) – Coventry University (1994-1997). First.

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Selected Press, Awards and Commendation

– Meander Arti u Kultura TV programme, broadcast on Maltese Net TV channel, Friday 24 May 2019 (watch)
– Live interview on Ghall-Erwiegh Il Hadd – Maltese radio programme hosted by Manuel Cassar on RTK 103 FM,  broadcast Sunday 19 May 2019
– Artist’s debut exhibition  in Malta –
 The Times of Malta newspaper, published Friday 17 May 2019 (read)
Kultura News / TVM news (TV programme on Maltese TV network TVM1), broadcast on Monday 6 May 2019 (watch)
TVAM (TV programme on Maltese TV network, TVM1), live interview broadcast on Friday 3 May 2019
– It Takes Two – Malta Today newspaper, published May 1, 2019 (read)
Returning Home with The Two Of Us – Malta Independent newspaper, published April 23 2019 (read)
– Artist Mario Lautier Vella to Make his Malta Debut at Palazzo de la Salle –
Livenewsmalta.com, published April 17 2019 (read) / Temple Magazine, published April 18 (read) / Indulge, published April 22 2019 (read
– Best of May 2018,
 Artfinder newsletter, published June 3, 2018
Erotic art: what’s appropriate or not – Artfinder blog and newsletter, published September 27, 2017
Stepping up – Art Language Location blog, published October 25, 2014
– Slag Mag – Issue 2: The Return, May 2014
Real-Life Hauntings – Redwhite, August 26 2012 (read)
High spirits at Maltese artist’s UK solo show debut – Malta Independent, August 19 2012 (read)
There’s a ghost in my house,  Watford Observer, Hendon & Finchley Times, Barnet & Potters Bar Times, Edgware & Mill Hill Times July 30, 2012 (read)
– Valletta ghost stories in London, Malta Independent, July 24, 2010 (read)

– First Prize, Richard Harrington Challenge Trophy 2018 for Watfordians (100 years, 100 lives) (exhibited at Watford Museum, Hertfordshire, 2018)
– Drawing Chummy VI selected for Best of May 2018 featured collection on Artfinder (2018)
– Drawing Bubs and collage pieces Permissions I and Permissions II selected for All Things Weird and Wonderful featured collection on Artfinder (2017)
– First Prize, Richard Harrington Challenge Trophy 2016 for Seven Ages of Man (exhibited at Watford Museum, Hertfordshire, 2016). More info
– Collage piece Permissions I selected for Best of Erotic Art featured collection on Artfinder (2016)
– Collage pieces Permissions I, Permissions II and Flicks selected for The Beauty of the Body featured collection on Artfinder (2016)
– Collage pieces Flicks and (I’m A) Real Boy Now selected for Figures & Form featured collection on Artfinder (2016)
– Drawing Bubs selected for All Things Weird and Wonderful featured collection on Artfinder (2016)
– Second Prize, Richard Harrington Challenge Trophy 2015 for Upstairs (exhibited at Watford Museum, Hertfordshire, 2015). More info

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Teaching

– Current, previous and upcoming courses at The Fine Art Room, London include Learn to draw, Learn to paint, Art studio (Monday morning; Monday afternoon; and Tuesday afternoon), Draw London, Draw and paint: Malta (April; May),  Get Set for Ealing Beat workshop, Inspired by: Degas, Inspired by: Schiele, Inspired by: Bonnard, Life drawing studio

– Current and previous courses at City Lit, London include Start drawing, Experience drawing, Introduction to drawing: evening summer schoolDrawing 1, Experimental drawing. Surrealist Sunday, Experimental life drawing, Explore your creativity, Art and text, Start collage and mixed media, Starting a sketchbook: techniques, processes and materials.

Previous courses at OPEN Ealing, London (2016-2017)  include Drawing for beginners, Painting for beginners, Painting studio (Monday afternoon), Painting studio (Wednesday afternoon), Abstract painting, Experimental drawing, Art Day Out: Oxford; Art Day Out: Hastings; Learn to paint using watercolour; Collage and mixed media.

See teaching schedule

Other previous workshops include:
– Fantasy faces, places and spaces workshop – Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London, May 2017
– Exploring your creativity workshop – 
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, March 2017
– Big Draw 2015: Every Object Tells A Story
 – Watford Museum, October 2015
– Experimental drawing, Hundred Years Gallery, London, August 2015
Children’s mask workshop, Watford Museum, August 2012