Born on the small island of Malta where he still resides, Joseph Bugeja spent his childhood drawing cartoons and fantasy creatures mainly on his parents’ house walls. After attending art classes from a very young age, he completed a 5 Year Fine Arts Diploma at the Malta School of Arts, from which Joseph holds a Diploma with Distinction in Painting.
After participating in various collective exhibitions, he held his first solo exhibition titled ‘IMMAGINA’ at St James Cavalier in Valletta, Malta in 2006. One must point out that together with Chris Galle and Michael Quinton on behalf of St James Cavalier, this was the spark that initiated Malta Comic-Con. Joseph Bugeja second fantasy art related solo exhibition was called HOTEL BABAW and was held between the 28th Oct and 20th Nov 2016, at Splendid, Valletta, Malta. The 25 artworks, oils and acrylics on canvas portrayed creatures and beliefs that we find in Maltese folklore that especially in times gone by used to spread fear with the local community. His third exhibition titled GRIM TALES was held between the 5th and 19th of July 2019, at Casino Notabile, Rabat, Malta. The mixed media artworks were about the dark origins of fairy tales.
Joseph held a position of part-time lecturer in Character Design at the University of Malta, had the pleasure to co-organize locally workshops on character design and illustration, with a very well known established international artist and has participated as well in workshops abroad on this subject and on figure drawing.
He is heavily involved in the Malta comic scene and used to form part of The Malta Comic Con organising team and has so far self-produced and published three comic books, ‘The Tsar’ written by Joseph P. Farrugia and two issues of Hal Mudlam, a horror comic book series, written and illustrated by myself.
To view more of his work visit his website: www.josephbugejart.com