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Norbert Francis Attard started as a self-taught painter and graphic artist before turning to installation art in 1998. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Malta in 1977, practicing the profession as architect for twenty years until 1996. He lived in Germany in 1978/1979 working with the firm ‘Licht in Raum’, directed by Johannes Dinnebier, one of Germany’s pioneers in light design. Attard now focuses on a contemporary art practice that incorporates architecture, sculpture, photography, video and installation, to explore his major interests in places and their memories. He blurs the boundaries of these disciplines to incorporate the irreducible physicality of sites, and to explore their sedimented multiple layers of memory, treating them as a product of place, of social interaction, and as a generative process.

















2013 Fjerrerup I Bund & Grund, Fjellerup, Denmark

2012 Maifesta 9 Parallel Events, Genk, Belgium

         Beaufort 04, De Panne, Belgium 

2011 Meridian/Urban Project, Berlin, Germany

         Galeria Nuble, Santander, Spain 

         OSTRALE 011, Dresden, Germany;  I-Park, Connetticut, USA

2009 5th Biennial VentoSul, Curitiba, Brazil

         25th Alexandria Biennial, Egypt 

         CUBE OPEN, Manchester, UK

         2nd Bienal de Canarias, Canary Islands

         INHABIT 09, Brisbane, Australia


2008 Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

          Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

          INTRUDE 366, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China


2006 3rd Echigo Tsumari Triennale, Japan


2005 Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

         Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art, Naples, Italy


2004 ARTIADE, Athens, Greece


2003 Macedonia Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

         8th Havana Biennale


2002 2nd Liverpool Biennale

         Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland


2001 FLOATING LAND, Noosa, Australia


1998 DIASPORA, Oviedo, Spain 

Born in Malta in 1951

Based on the island of Gozo - Malta

Residence since 2010 in Berlin - Germany

Represented Malta in the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999.


He is a founding member of stART (2002) - a group of Maltese contemporary artists; a committee member of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (2002-2005); committee member of Piazza Teatru Rjal (2013-2020), director of GOZOcontemporary since 2001 - an art space, offering self-directed residencies to international and local artists, on the island of Gozo. Norbert Francis Attard is founder of Norbert Francis Attard Foundation (formerly META Foundation) which is the organising body of Valletta Contemporary (VC) which he established in April 2018. He is currently the artistic director of Valletta Contemporary.


Since 2002, three books have been published about his work: I See Red Everywhere (2002);  Four Olympics  (2004); and Between Earth and Sky (2007). His first monograph publication covering the last 25 years of his work will be published in 2024.


Nominated for the Cool Silicon Award, Dresden, Germany, 2011.

Selected Artworks

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