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1958 Joseph Paul Cassar is born in Pieta Malta on 26th February to Carmel and Helen nee’ Zammit.  His parents were to exert a great influence on the artistic development of their son.  His father worked as a draughtsman with the British Services and his mother was a  patient housewife who  practised various art and craft skills including sewing.  
  As a child spends most of time drawing.  Receives encouragement from parents, relatives and friends.  
1960-64 Spends most of the evenings in the company of his father who was a member of the Domus – a Society in Cospicua made up of enthusiasts who organised an annual Good Friday table of apostles consisting of plates made from coloured rice, salt and pasta.  Watches members of the society preparing props for various plays. Enjoys wearing carnival costumes.  
1964 The family moves from Cospicua to Hamrun.  
1966-68 Attends classes in drawing at the Egyptian Sisters Community in Hamrun.  
1965-71 Attends Victoria Avenue Primary School excelling in art competitions and project work.  
1971-76 Attends St Joseph Secondary Technical School and opts to study art.  His teachers were Alfred Caruana Ruggier and George Fenech for drawing and painting, and Ganni Bonnici and Tony Ellul for pottery.  
1976-81 Studies at the University of Malta, Faculty of Education. Graduates with a Baccalaureate in Educational Studies and is awarded a teacher’s warrant.  
1976-80 Follows simultaneously studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Institute of Religious Studies tal-Virtu. Graduates in 1983.  
1977-80 Attends the Malta Government School of Art, an evening school at the Malta College for the Arts Science and Technology in Msida, studying drawing and painting under Chev. Esprit Barthet and Harry Alden.  JPC with his main tutor Chev. Esprit Barthet
Year Event Exhibitions / Curatorship / Publications Photos
1977 Establishes his first art studio at his parents’ house in Hamrun, consisting of a wooden structure with spacious glass windows.   JPC in his first Hamrun studio
1978-80 Draws portraits of family members focusing on photographic detail.    
1978-81   Art Critic for the “Daily News”, Malta.  
1979-80 Works closely with artist-friend Eman Grima spending a great deal of time drawing and painting each other.    
1980   First Exhibition with Eman Grima at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta.  Exhibits of JPC focused mainly on drawings.  
1980-82 Awarded summer bursaries to study drawing and painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Pietro Vannucci, Perugia, Italy  
1981 Starts teaching in State Schools. Personal Exhibition of “Paintings and Sculpture”, at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta.

Collective Exhibitions:
Galerie Montage, Sappers Street, Valletta, Malta

“Maltese Landscape”, Gallerija Fenici, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta. 

First visit to the Far East touring India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Burma.

Meets artist Dilip Das Gupta, Professor of Painting at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

Meets Mother Theresa in Calcutta, India.

1981-85 Appointed teacher of Art and Art History at the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Valletta, Malta.    
1982 Visits Cairo, the Sinai Desert and Israel and Lebanon.

Attends another course at the Perugia Academy on his own initiative and continues to further his studies following a course in drawing the nude and etching classes. Spends the afternoons drawing from plaster casts at the Deposito dei Gessi of the Academy drawing after casts by Michelangelo and Canova.

1st Prize for The National Day Festivities, Valletta, Malta

Targa D’Onore - Incontro D’Arte Internazionale.

Second visit to the Far East seeking possibilities to live and work there for a longer period.

Meets Peggy Guggenheim in Venice.

Personal Exhibition: “In A Process of Self-Discovery”, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta.


Invites and organizes an exhibition of paintings of Indian artist Dilip Das Gupta.

Personal Exhibition at the De Porres Centre, Sliema

JPC with sculptor Tony Pace in Perugia, Italy
JPC with his first cubist sculptures
1983 Graduates with a Baccalaureate in Theological Studies from the faculty of Theology, Tal-Virtu.

Second meeting with Mother Theresa in Rome.

Second visit to the Far East.
Lives with a community of Buddhist monks in Maymyo, Myanmar.

1984   “4 Artists Exhibition” at Gallerija Fenici together with artists Alfred Camilleri and Joseph Farrugia, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

Finalist in International Competition marking the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, USA.

Exhibits in a collective international exhibition in Algeria.

Curates and exhibits in:
“Maltese Contemporary Art”, marking World Environment Day at the AZAD Centre in Sliema. 

In the Hamrun studio during the "4 Artist Exhibition" at Gallerija Fenici
1985 Resigns from his teaching post and leaves for Africa.

Meets Dr Michael Wood, the founder of the Flying Doctors’ Society.

Curates with Loius Casha:
“Non Objective Art”, Cathedral Museum, Mdina, Malta.
1985-91 Draws constantly focusing on the people he met and worked with during his travels.

Travels with Dr Anne Spoerry of the Flying Doctors of AMREF documenting medical work done in the East African Region.

Carries out on African soil extensive research on African Art.

Starts collecting authentic African masks and statuettes.

Mixing with locals to learn the Swahili and Somali languages
1986 Joins Christoffel Blindenmission, a German NGO.

Attends a course at CBM’s Headquarters in Bensheim, Germany and moves back to Africa. Travels to Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zaire, Malawi, Uganda.

Designs the posters for the East African Regional Office Nairobi of Christian Blind Mission International.

Learns to speak fluently Swahili and Somali.

JPC in Mogadisho, Somalia

JPC supervising the digging of a well in the desert area of Wajir, North Eastern Province, Kenya

1992 Leaves Africa for the United States

Studies Art History and Criticism at Columbia Pacific University, California, USA.

Meets Abstract Expressionist painter William de Kooning in Washington D.C.

1993 Returns to Malta

Shares ideas with artist Caesar Attard.

1993-95   Participates in International Art Biennale of Malta  
1993-1999 Teacher of Art and Art Appreciation, and Deputy Headmaster (from 1998) at St. Martin’s College, Malta    
1995 Voted by Columbia Pacific University, U.S.A. as “Outstanding Scholar” for Academic excellence.    
1996 Joins the Art Unit as an assistant lecturer of the University of Malta

Appointed Assistant Examiner in Art and Design for the International Baccalaurate for the region of Malta and Italy, by the Curriculum and Assessment Centre, Cardiff, U.K.

Associate Member of NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art and Design), Corsham, Wltshire, U.K.

Appointed co-ordinator of the Exhibitions Organising Committee, Koperattiva Kulturali Universitarja (KKU), University of Malta

Personal Exhibitions
Homage to Africa: The Sharing of an Experience, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta

Drawings, Rotunda Mount Carmel Hospital, Attard, curated by E.V. Borg.

Collective Exhibitions:
Malta International Arts Festival

Contemporary Christian Art in Malta, Cathedral Museum, Mdina, Malta.

Curates and publishes:
“George Fenech – Poetry in Colour”, published by the Art Unit in conjunction with the Koperattiva Kulturali Universitarja of the University of Malta.

Visiting lecturer at the Malta School of Art, Valletta
1996-97 Contributor to two In-Service Courses for Art Teachers held by the Curriculum Centre, Department of Education, Floriana, Malta.    
1997   Prize for painting in the International Art Biennale Malta

Curates exhibition:
“Lino Borg – Jessica Debattista”, organised by the Art Unit in collaboration with *** the Koperattiva Kulturali Universitarja, University of Malta.

“Pinzellati ta’ Malta”, exhibition by Douglas Allan Eckheart, Professor of Art at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA, organised by the Art Unit in collaboration with the Koperattiva Kulturali Universitarja, University of Malta.

1998 Invited to lecture IB students at St John’s International School, Waterloo, Belgium.

Launches: “Curriculum Document” regarding the role in educational context of the Art Gallery, published by St Martin’s College.

Personal Exhibition:
Painted Collages, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta.

Collective Exhibition:
World Telecommunications Development Conference, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta.

Sets up the “Karmenu Mangion Art Gallery” at St Martin’s College, Swatar, Malta.

Curates and publishes:
“The Artistic Life of Victor Diacono”, Art Unit in conjunction with the Koperattiva Kulturali Universitarja, University of Malta.

“Colourful Minds”, exhibition by University Students, KKU, University of Malta.

JPC showing his exhibits to Prof. John Rizzo Naudi, Chancelor of the University of Malta and Mrs. Rizzo Naudi

First exhibition of Maltese Contemporary Art at the Karmenu Mangion Art Gallery
1998-to date    Free lance writer contributing art reviews for “The Times of Malta.  
1999 Appointed Co-ordinator of the Art Teachers’ Course with the Faculty of Education, University of Malta

Invited by the Comune di Padru, Olbia, Sardegna, Italy to be a judge for an International Art Competition

Key player in discussions between St James Cavalier, the Koperattiva Kulturali Universitarja, and the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts, USA for an exchange programme of artists in residence.

Workbook for Children, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta

Included in the publication: 1999 Marquis Who’s Who in the World (16th ed.)

Appointed member of the Fondazzjoni Centru ghall-Kreattivita and dedicates most of his energies in establishing policies for the development of the Visual Arts Section at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.

L-Arti Moderna, (in Maltese), PIN Publications

Editor and curator of inaugural exhibition: Art in Malta Today, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta

2000 Appointed Assistant Lecturer with the Art Department, Junior College, University of Malta.

Appointed Art Co-ordinator with the Faculty of Education, University of Malta.

Receives 20th Century Award for Achievement in Art Education by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

2001 Prize for Painting , International Art Biennale of Malta.

Co-ordinates a seminar for art teachers, conducted by Steve Blundell on 3-D Art Teaching at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta.

Co-ordinates a 3-day follow –up seminar for Art Teachers, conducted by Steve Blundell on 3-D Art Teaching at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity

Signs agreement between KKU, St James Cavalier and the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts, an exchange programme of artists in residence.

Curates and publishes:
Victor, Wendy, John Pasmore - Prints, Paintings, Photography, in collaboration with Marlborough Gallery London and St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity

George Fenech: Gli Anni Romani, in collaboration with the Art Unit, University of Malta and the Italian Cultural Centre, Valletta, Malta.

Alfred Chircop: Paintings 1999-2001, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta.

2002 Ph.D. thesis: “Pioneers of Modern Art in Malta” Art Unit, University of Malta

Visiting Lecturer at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA.

Exhibition of Drawings at the Luther College Art Gallery, USA

“Acupuncture”, Installations by Juergen Brueger, St James Cavalier

2003 - to date Please see Chronology update