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I was born in Malta (1990) to a Maltese father and French mother. Both his parents are well travelled and collected artworks and books about art from various indigenous cultures from around the world. In addition to this both parents are amateurs of the arts working occasionally in paint and sculpture.

As I grew up, my mother made sure to pass on this love for the arts and created the space and possibility for me to experiment in a variety of mediums throughout my formative years. I quickly discovered the feeling of great freedom and excitement that comes with creating an artwork, and I have been harbouring it ever since. During this period, my parents made sure they visited many galleries in Europe, Africa and Asia in their various trips. 

At the age of 18 I experienced a turning point in his life, which made me decide to consider the arts professionally and strive to turn it into a life-long career. I started creating art daily and joined a variety of local art courses. Between 2010 and 2012 I was apprenticed by the artist Rupert Cefai, who was instrumental in my artistic formation.

I continued his education in the arts by joining a Masters program in Fine Arts at UCA Canterbury in the UK. My Masters degree show was an installation of a space that evolved over a 3 day period thanks to the input by the audience. 

Following the completion of my studies, he moved to Bristol and created a multimedia art collective called ‘Monolith’ with artists hailing from the USA, UK, Greece, France and Malta. 

Upon his return to Malta in 2013 he founded IZAXA, an art collective that bridged art installations and technology with Stephanie Sant and Kris Camilleri. They exhibited at the 2013 Divergent Thinkers 02 group show and their installation “/lʌɪf/” was selected for the 2014 Malta Design Week.

Together with Kris Camilleri they went on to found Guerilla, a company that operated on the evolved ethos of bridging art and technology that entered video-game creation. They were the winners of the “Emerging Innovator Award” and the “Award for Creative Innovation” in the 2015 and 2016 Malta Innovation Awards respectively. In parallel to this, Samuel worked closely with local film production company Shadeena from 2016 to 2019 and directed various adverts and PSAs for Transport Malta. He then went on to direct his first short film, “Ir-Raġel tal-Klieb” that was supported by the Malta Film Fund of 2016. He eventually founded “Lazuli Studio”, a script-developing studio with Stephanie Sant in 2020. 

 

Samuel obtained a PGDE in Education at the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr, Scotland in 2015 and was an art teacher at the San Ġorġ Preca College Ħamrun Secondary School from 2015 to 2019. During his time there, he created workshops supported by the ‘Kreattiv’ initiative, where he gathered a team of students with difficult backgrounds to develop a game together.

In early 2020 he moved to France with partner Stephanie Sant for both of them to focus on a full-time art career. It is here where I started a regular schedule of live-streaming art-making in my studio for 8 hours a day that spanned painting, sculpture, costume creation, performance and 3D art.

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