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Calascione Clemente [1889-1939]

   Born in Senglea on the 21st December 1889, he was named Benedict. On the 12th of September 1907, he joined the Order of Descaled Carmelites and on the 1st of April. 1917 he was ordained a priest. He was, essentially an amateur artist. He was for a time the Economic adviser to the Semi-Province and later elected Director of the College of Aspirants at Tas-Silg Monastery, when it was founded on the 13th of November 1934.
He died in Cospicua on the 13th of June 1839.
St.Theresa showering  flowers (1925) 
Church of St Theresa - Birkirkara 

Cali' Giuseppe  [1846-1930]
   The Maltese churches are the testimony of Giuseppe Cali's versatility and capability. He was a prolific artist and  founder of the Maltese Modern Art.  He was born on the 14th of August 1846, son of Raffaele, a painter, and a musician, and of Giovanna Padiglione.  He was baptised in the Church of Porto Salvo, in Valletta.
His parents were both from Naples.  In 1871 he married Perennia Pace from Senglea and had ten children.  When he was only seventeen, at the expense of Guglielm Eynaud, he went to study art at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Naples, under the neo-classicist, Giuseppe Mancinelli.  His first large piece was The Death of Dragut
, which is now in at Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta. He was a great painter but also a sculptor, engraver, and a miniaturist.
He died at No.9, St. Andrew's Street, Valletta, on the 1st of March 1930, and was buried at the Santa Maria Adollorata Cemetery. [East.H.Comm A. no.8].

Sacred Heart of Mary
Zabbar Sanctuary Museum - Haz-Zabbar

Saint Joseph
St Joseph Chapel (MSSP) - Santa Venera  

Mater Dolorosa
The Museum of Fine Arts - Valletta

Cali' Guido [1914-1975]
   Guido was the son of Ramiro Cal' and Maria Corleo.  He studied art with his father, son of the famous Giuseppe Cal'.  He attended for a while the Government School of Arts where he was awarded
a scholarship in 1933, to further his studies at the Regia Accademia di Belle Arti and the British Academy in Rome.  He stayed in Rome until 1973, when he returned to Malta and started to teach art at Government Schools in Gozo. He was a competent painter but lacked his father's enthusiasm and his grandfather's pursuit for commissions.  Alas, he wasted much of his talents due to long periods of artistic inactivity.

Jesus the Nazarene [1943]

The Nazzarenu Church - Sliema


Cali' Ramiro Raffaele [1881-1945]
   Raffaele was born in Sliema on the 6th of September 1881, son of Giuseppe Cali' and Perrennia Pace.  He studied under his father’s able hands, and although he did not have his talents, all the same, managed to work well and got many commissions.  He spent some time teaching art at the Malta Lyceum.  He married Maria Coroleo and retired with a pension in 1940. He died on the 23rd of January 1945.

The Death of St  Joseph  [1920]

St Catherine Church.- Zejtun
Calleja Giuseppe [1828-1915]


   Born in Valletta on the 12th of December 1828, son of Antonio and Maria Theresa Cachia.  Studied under Giuseppe Hyzler and continued with the Nazarene tradition until the beginning of the 20th century.  He was a good portrait artist and also a writer of several art publications.  Although weak in execution, he was methodical, complete, and very exact.

He spent time teaching art at the Malta Lyceum and at St. Aloysius College.  He never married and died at his residence in St. Julian's on the 12th of August 1915, and was buried at the Santa Maria Adollorata Cemetery. [West. M.A. no.5]



St  Andrew Appostle. [1880]

Madonna of Mount Carmel Church [Sacristy] - Balluta


Camilleri Antoine [1922-2005]    

   Antoine was born in Valletta on the 5th of February 1922 and began his artistic career at the Government School of Arts in Valletta (1837-47).  He studied under Vincenzo Apap and Edward Caruana Dingli.  Between 1948 and 1950 he attended the Ecole Nationale de Beaux Arts in Paris.  In 1960 he was awarded a scholarship from the Bath Academy of Arts and in 1964 he continued at the Accademia PIetro Vannucci in Perugia.  He was one of the founder members of an art group, called Atelier '56.  Between 1956 and 1976 he taught art with the Department of Education and later was appointed education officer for the arts and crafts.

He had several exhibitions in Malta, Paris, London, Edinburgh, New York, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Tripoli, and Venice.

In 1954 he married Theresa Tanti and had five children.

In 1996 Camilleri was awarded the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (Medal for Services to Republic of Malta) and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 from the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts. In recent years he resided at the St Vincent de Paule Hospital, the home for the elderly in Luqa.

He died on the 22nd of November 2005.

The Risen Christ  [1970]

St. Nichola's Church - Tarxien



Camilleri Cauchi Paul [b.1940]


   Born in Rabat, Gozo on the 2nd of December 1940, son of Agostino (Wistin) Camilleri and Frances Cauchi.  Studied art under Gio. Battista Conti, Guzeppi Briffa, Guzeppi Caruana and Tuse Busuttil. In 1960 he obtained diplomas from the Press Art School of London and from the Pietro Vannucci in Perugia. Up to 1973, he worked as an art teacher in Government schools when he resigned due to many local church commissions.  In 1968 he was appointed officer of the Order of St, John of Jerusalem after winning the prize organized by the Order, with the large canvas depicting the Great Siege of Malta. Since the end of the 1960's, he has been considered to be the artist getting most of the commissions for churches, both local and abroad.  In 1988,Camilleri was responsible for the official poster of the 1st World Congress of the former students of Don Bosco.

He is married to Mary Rose Bezzina.



  St. Francis of Assisi

St. Anthony's Church (Ghajn Dwieli) - Paola



Caruana Anton [1905-1986]


   He was born in Valletta on the 27th of December 1905. Painter and decorative artist.  Studied under Robert Caruana Dingli and later in Rome (1925) at The British Academy. Under the guidance of Lipinsky he produced very good design work.  In 1927 he was awarded a scholarship from the Maltese Government to attend The Chelsea School of Arts and Crafts.  He spent time teaching and in 1929, he was elected Master of Design at the Department of Education.

He died on the 17th of August 1986.

St. Albert the Carmelite [1951]

Madonna of Mount Carmel Church - Fluer de Lys.


Caruana Guzeppi Maria [1899-1964] 

   Guzeppi Maria was born in Zejtun on the 24th of December 1899, son of Francesco Saverio Caruana and Marianna Bonnici.  He studied art under Lazzaro Pisani and Guzeppi Duca.  He attended the Regia di Belle Arti, The Liceo del Arte Moderna, and The British Academy in Rome.
In 1946, he married Olimpia Caruana.  While in Malta for holiday, he went through an eye operation that failed and he carried on for the next forty years painting with only one eye. He tried to keep this a secret fearing loss of commissions.  He spent time teaching art with the Department of Education.  After the Haz-Zabbar commissions, he became more popular and did some good work in Ireland.  At the end of World War II, he settled in Paola at 227 Zabbar Road, where he executed the last apses for the Haz-Zabbar Sanctuary.
He died, with relatives in Zejtun on the 14th of April 1964 and was buried at  the St. Roque Cemetery next to the Church of St. Gregory in Zejtun

Madonna and Child
Aedis Curialis - Haz-Zabbar


Caruana  Pietro Paolo [1794-1852]

   At a very young age, Pietro Paolo Caruana, has shown that he was very talented. In 1819 he was sent to Rome where he furthered his artistic skills. Among the works executed in Rome, we find, the Archangel Michael and St. George with the Dragon. These two canvases, established him as a very valid painter and the Governor of Malta, General Francis Hastings, commissioned him to make a copy of Thomas Lawrence
s painting, hanging  in the Vatican, showing King George IV.  This canvas has been hanging in one of the halls at the Grandmasters Palace since 1825.  In 1831, he was elected Professor at The Malta School of Art.
He did some graphic work, aimed at the tourist market and was the first Maltese to own a printing press.
He died on the 23rd of April 1852 and was buried in the church of Porto Salvo, Valletta.


The Immaculata  [1850]

Immaculate Conception Church - Cospicua



Caruana  Raffaele [1820-1886]


   He was born in Rome, son of Pietro Paolo Caruana.  His godparent was Tommaso Minardi, and although he did not have special talents, managed, with the help of his father, to obtain enough commissions.  Studied at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.  His best work is the Adoration of the Magi, at the Church of St Dominic, Valletta.  This canvas was executed with very hard and strict techniques that he never succeeded to overcome.  He was better at portraits than at sacred art and produced some fine examples.  Art had caused him many disappointments and finally he stopped painting altogether and took a job with the Department of Public Works as an architectural designer.




The Madonna of Loreto [1856]

Church of St Liberata - Kalkara



Caruana Dingli Edward   [1876-1950]

   Edward Caruana Dingli was born in Valletta on the 10th of August 1875, son of Raphael and Marta Garroni.  He studied, at a very young age, under Guzeppi Cali. He painted Maltese folklore but specialized in portraits.  His work is found at the Museum of Fine Arts and in many private collections in Malta and abroad.
Between 1919 and 1947 he was Director of The Government School of Art and taught many prominent artists like Anton Inglott, Willie Apap, Emvin Cremona and Esprit Barthet.  In 1923 he was made a member of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
He was married to Charlotte Falzon and had two children.
He died on the 9th of May 1950.


Bishop G. Maria Camilleri [1925]

Church of St. Mark - Rabat



Caruana Dingli Robert [1882-1940]


    Born in Valletta on the 8th of December 1882. For many years, he studied under Guzeppi Calì and then he went to England to attend the Chelsea School of Arts.  Concluding his studies, he worked for a printing firm supplying artistic materials and at the same time attending evening classes  at The London School of Art.  He was a good painter and also an engraver, caricaturist and  graphic artist. In 1925, he won a public competition and became the first teacher of design at The Government School of Arts.  He spent some time in Gozo, and became good friends with the sculptor, Agostino Camilleri.

Prominent Maltese contemporary artists such as Anton Inglott, Esprit Barthet and Emvin Cremona studied under his guidance.  He died on the 18th of February 1940.



 The Annunciation [1928]

Ta' Pinu Basilica. (Sacristy) - Gharb. Gozo