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Joe Xuereb Stone Sculpture

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Joe Xuereb lives in Ghajnsielem, the closest village to Mgarr harbour. He studied art at the Gozo Lyceum but his career really launched itself off in the 1970’s, after working and studying under the tutelage of the late British archaelogist Marie Claridge, who lived in the same village. He discovered his artistic inspiration in Neolithic sculpture, a field rarely exploited by other local artists and over the years, though his message has cut across universal boundaries, has made his reputation by specializing in this type of art.

Xuereb’s art is closely linked with the prehistoric past of Gozo, going back to Neolithic times. His medium, the soft globigerina limestone of Gozo, is highly adapted to his working technique, using traditional tools inherited from his father, a traditional stone mason in his younger days. He has made his name known beyond Malta and has had numerous exhibitions throughout Europe, where he has exhibited in the Dutch university city of Groningen, Paris, Berlin and other major German cities as well as mounting a path-breaking show at the Lincoln Centre in New York.

Joe can be found in his Għajnsielem workshop and art gallery, where visitors can admire his unique creations.

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