From landscapes to sacred art

Artist Mary de Piro is the protagonist of Bank of Valletta’s 24th BOV Retrospective Art Exhibition, currently on at the bank’s headquarters in Santa Venera. Fifty-five of her artworks are on display, showing different phases in the artist’s development since her very first exhibition in 1967.

The artist, who is recognised for her significant contribution to the local artistic scene, is the great-grandchild of renowned painter Giuseppe Calì. She said of him: “I marvel at the volume of work my great-grandfather produced, especially as I admire the large paintings in many of Malta’s churches and his depth of vision in his sacred art, as well as his sensitivity and understanding of the Maltese land and seascapes.”

De Piro has a penchant for these subjects too.

“I seem to like a variety of subjects, as well as experimenting with new media but, ultimately, the larger landscapes seem to suit my

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