An art practitioner and Fine Arts lecturer, Robert Zahra (b.1977) views these two fields as interconnected, on-going experimental processes. His personal artistic projects ensured his involvement in subjects such as the urban environment and the human body. He works mainly within the realms of painting and drawing, and the connection between the two. Throughout his creative career, Zahra also presented projects in other media including sculpture, environmental interventions and photography.
Zahra studied Art Education at Masters level at the University of Malta and Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. He presented his work in a number of solo and collective exhibitions held in Malta, Italy and India. In 2007 and 2011 he participated in Bodies (Auberge d’Italie, Valletta), and his work was on show in Stemperando Biennale 5a Edizione (Torino-Cosenza-Roma), STRATI (2011, Auberge de France, Birgu) and Tumbleweed (2015, MSA, Valletta). In other events, such as Dixx (2013) he collaborated with other artists with different artistic backgrounds. Two main solo shows were: Mkejjen (2009) St.James Cavalier, Centre for Creativity, Malta, where he presented the works produced during his studies in Brera, and Moving Lands (2017) India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, in which he interrogated urban spaces as temporary/ephemeral habitats.
Robert Zahra is also a lecturer in Fine Arts at the Institute for the Creative Arts, MCAST and at the University of Malta. He has been involved in Art education since 1999 and managed the Malta School of Art between 2016 and 2019 where he brought a considerable change within the school’s structure in particular its’ educational programme.