Born on the small island of Malta where he still resides, Joseph Bugeja spent his
childhood drawing cartoons and fantasy creatures mainly on his parents’ house
walls. After attending art classes from a very young age, he completed a 5 Year Fine
Arts Diploma at the Malta School of Arts, from which Joseph holds a Diploma with
Distinction in Painting.
After participating in various collective exhibitions, he held his first solo exhibition
titled ‘IMMAGINA’ at St James Cavalier in Valletta, Malta in 2006. One must point
out that together with Chris Galle and Michael Quinton on behalf of St James Cavalier,
this was the spark that initiated Malta Comic-Con. Joseph Bugeja second fantasy
art related solo exhibition was called HOTEL BABAW and was held between the
28th Oct and 20th Nov 2016, at Splendid, Valletta, Malta. The 25 artworks, oils and
acrylics on canvas portrayed creatures and beliefs that we find in Maltese folklore
that especially in times gone by used to spread fear with the local community. His
third exhibition titled GRIM TALES was held between the 5th and 19th of July 2019,
at Casino Notabile, Rabat, Malta. The mixed media artworks were about the dark
origins of fairy tales.
Joseph held a position of part-time lecturer in Character Design at the University of
Malta, had the pleasure to co-organize locally workshops on character design and
illustration, with a very well known established international artist and has participated
as well in workshops abroad on this subject and on figure drawing.
He is heavily involved in the Malta comic scene and used to form part of The Malta Comic Con organising team and has so far self-produced and published three comic
books, ‘The Tsar’ written by Joseph P. Farrugia and two issues of Hal Mudlam, a horror
comic book series, written and illustrated by myself.