November 1, 2022
Vince Briffa made the cross-over from industry to the academic field, while maintaining an art practice that has established him as one of the leading lights in the contemporary visual arts in Malta. He has attended numerous prestigious international art residencies. He has been invited to participate in countless exhibitions with important international artists and continues to explore the visual arts in both new media, and traditional media such as sculpture and painting. In 2002 he was instrumental in setting up the first contemporary art collective, named (appropriately) Start, which presented some truly ground breaking exhibitions in Malta. In his own right, he has curated numerous exhibitions of several significant contemporary artists, both established and upcoming. He entered academia after a successful career in advertising and the graphic arts and led the department of Digital Arts at the University of Malta for a number of years where he continues to nurture future talents to this day. His credentials as an artist were sealed by, not once, but twice, being selected to participate in the Venice Art Biennale over the course of two decades confirming his enduring importance as, above all, a cutting edge contemporary artist.
‘Hermes’, Vince Briffa’s installation in the Malta pavilion at the 1999 Venice Biennale
‘Outland’, Vince Briffa’s installation in the Malta pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale
Portrait Photo by Therese Debono
**The music played in this podcast episode is 'Verdala Riff' by Oscar Lucas and his Verdala Boys, Recorded in Austria