Item 93 – Ġgantija
Victor Agius


Starting Bidding Price: €480
Size: 44cm high



Born in 1982 in Gozo Malta, Victor Agius as a child became acquainted with sculptural work thanks to his father Mario Agius who is a sculptor. After graduating from the University of Malta’s Fine Art Department (2004), he furthered his studies abroad: first in 2009 at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Perugia (Italy), then in 2011 at the Central Saint Martin’s College for Art and Design in London (UK). So far, his works have been shown at various artistic venues in Malta, among which the National Museum of Fine Arts and St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta, but also at many public places of cultural significance such as the Neolithic temples complex Ġgantija a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Mdina Cathedral. He has also participated in numerous international exhibitions: the Spazio Pastificio Cerere in Rome (2012), Galleria San Eufemia in Venice (2011), the Arte Padova Fair in Padova (2011), the Long Room Gallery at Oxford University (2010), the International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence (2009) and the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo (2006). As an emerging talent from Malta he was selected to represent his country in the 2014 European Ceramic Context in Bornholm (Denmark). Recently his proposal for Public Art in Malta named Ħaġarna was selected in a national competition.

His practice consists of performance, installation, sculpture and painting. At its core, it concerns his work with formless matter. Agius examines the formless matter proper to his own experience of the environment –either randomly or carefully selected sites with their distinctive ecological and archeological features– which all finds its roots in the earth or soil-derived organic materials (raw clay, for instance, beside natural pigments, oils and acrylics). This has allowed him to produce a body of work through which to reflect upon the subject of human existence in general and the limits of his own existence in particular.