Godwin Cutajar Gallery

Biography


Godwin Cutajar was born on december 2nd 1965 at Gozo island.

His address is :
84, Parish Priest Hili St., Fontana FNT1012, Gozo, Malta.
Phone number : 00356 21556742
Mob : 00356 7990 4783

Cutajar was born to Joseph and Filomena in Fontana Gozo, where he lives.

He began painting in his childhood making reproductions from old masters’ prints, mostly religious and landscape themes in oil on canvas and acrylic on cloth techniques. Between circa 1980 and 1984 he attended drawing and painting classes at the Art studio of Mgr. Michelangelo Apap in Xaghra Gozo. He frequented also the Art studios of Chev. Paul Camilleri Cauchi and Mr. Joseph Sagona in Victoria Gozo.

In 1984 Cutajar painted his first self portrait.

Between 1988 and 1993 Cutajar lived in Rome where he studied Artifact Conservation and Restoration in which he obtained a certificate of attendance from the Istituto Italiano Arte, Artigianato e Restauro (1990) and a diploma from the Istituto Centrale del Restauro (1993). He also attended lessons in drawing from nude and in relief sculpture at the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato. During his studies in Rome Cutajar benefitted from a scholarship.

In 1991 in his Art studio at Via Iberia in Rome Cutajar painted his first abstract work ; hence began a period of abstract painting up to 2009. His abstract is mostly inspired by the Mystery of Nature and Creation. Technically it is characterized by the blot (“macchia”).

Sporadically he continued to paint landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes of his native island Gozo.

In 2010 Cutajar began working on the theme of self portraiture. From this activity were born several self portraits series : the “Garden of Eden”, the “Multiple”, the “Deformed” and “godwiNU” self portraits series. This feverish self portrait activity is accompanied by experimental techniques : in 2011 he made his first chameleon painting, that is a painting with lacunae cut out in the support which enable the painting to interact with its environment ; in 2016 he made his first canvas sculpture that is a painting made on deformed canvas. In this period Cutajar also adopted the custom of writing excerpts from his spiritual diary on the rear of his paintings, thus giving the work a potential eloquence both from the front and the rear. A very provocative work shows a deformed naked human body without a face and the indication that it is a self portrait is the phrase : “HOC EST ENIM CORPUS MEUM”.

His motto is ORA ET COLORA.