Victor Agius (b.1982) works in ceramics, mixed media paintings and sculptures, performance and installation. His works have an intimate connection with earth, committed to present it in its pure form using an archaeological approach around formless matter. He lives and works a few meters away from the prehistoric sites of the Ġgantija Temples and the Xagħra Stone Circle (c.3600 B.C.) on the Mediterranean island of Gozo, Malta. Agius roams the island like a nomad documenting its rituals and collecting clay and earth from excavations made continuously by construction companies.
Agius’s first contact with art was with his father Mario Agius at his sculpture studio. He studied under Harry Alden and later graduated from the University of Malta in 2004, and moved on to Perugia, Italy to further his studies, followed by Central Saint Martin’s College for Art and Design in London, UK. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums both locally and internationally such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Spazju Kreattiv and Valletta Contemporary Gallery in Valletta, the Mdina Cathedral Museum, St Agatha’s Catacombs and the UNESCO heritage site Ġgantija Temples.
Recently he was invited to exhibit his works at Eduardo Secci Gallery in Florence, at the European Ceramics Context at Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark and at the Museo Internazionale della Ceramica in Faenza Italy during Premio Faenza Pize. Agius’s work offers a reflection about man’s fragile existence on earth, the concept of time and the way humanity ritually consume what is around it for its mundane, corporeal and spiritual needs.