The Malta Independent 21 April 2024, Sunday
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Donation of Aldo Micallef-Grimaud painting to Malta Society of Arts

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Titled ‘Ecce Homo’, the painting was recently donated to the Malta Society of Arts by the artist’s daughter Glorian S. Micallef-Grimaud.

A painting titled Ecce Homo (pastel on paper) by the late artist Aldo Micallef-Grimaud (1925-2010) was recently donated to the Malta Society of Arts by the artist's daughter Glorian S. Micallef-Grimaud. Depicting the face of Jesus Christ, the painting will now join the Society's collection of sacred art.

The donation was held at the chapel of the MSA's seat Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta, in the presence of MSA's president Arch. Adrian Mamo, MSA's vice president Roderick Camilleri, MSA's Gold Medal recipient Prof. Joseph Paul Cassar, Micallef-Grimaud's daughter Glorian and his grand-daughter Corinne.

On the day of the donation, Professor Cassar asserted that Micallef-Grimaud's works warrant greater recognition, underscoring the necessity for more comprehensive studies of his artistic career than currently available. Professor Cassar was the driving force behind the decision to donate the Ecce Homo painting to the MSA, acknowledging Micallef-Grimaud's longstanding connections with the Society. Notably, the artist had served as the MSA's honorary secretary on its committee for many years and received the MSA's Silver Medal in recognition of his contributions to the arts scene in Malta and beyond.

Micallef-Grimaud specialised in portraiture and his works adorn more than 15 local and foreign churches.

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Aldo Micallef-Grimaud's biography

Born on 23 April 1925 to John and Anna née Fiorentini, Maltese artist Aldo Micallef-Grimaud left an indelible mark on the world of visual and performing arts until his passing in 2010.

A pivotal moment in Aldo's artistic journey occurred at the age of 11 when his art teacher, Ramiro Calì, recognised his exceptional talent. Calì recommended that Aldo enrol at the Malta School of Art in Valletta, despite the entry age being 12. When faced with Aldo's disappointment, Robert Caruana Dingli, impressed by Aldo's artistic prowess, granted him an exception after witnessing a remarkable still life drawing. Thus, Aldo embarked on a daily ferry journey from Sliema to attend lessons by notable artists such as Robert and Edward Caruana Dingli, Carmelo Mangion and Vincenzo Bonello.

Amid the tumult of Benito Mussolini's declaration of war on 10 June 1940, Aldo, accompanied by his friend Antoine Camilleri, steadfastly attended the School of Art, seeking refuge during air raids in the school's lower levels.

Responding to Edward Caruana Dingli's recommendation, Micallef-Grimaud pursued a course in nude painting at the E.V.T. Heliopolis, a British-run academy for R.A.F personnel during World War II.

Aldo emerged as a dynamic and prolific artist, earning recognition through competition victories and commissions both locally and internationally. His portfolio featured prominently in solo and collective exhibitions, with his enduring works displayed in various locations, including St Augustine's Church in Valletta, Tal-Providenza in Siggiewi and the English Martyrs Church in London.

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Aldo excelled as a society portrait artist and a respected tenor. His union with Mariuccia née Quattromani, a fellow student of Vincent Apap at the Malta School of Art, resulted in a family of three children: Mario, Nadine and Glorian.


Aldo Micallef-Grimaud's remarkable contributions to the visual and performing arts were officially recognised on 17 September 1992 when he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Society of Arts for his enduring artistic achievements. His legacy lives on through his exceptional body of work and the impact he made on the artistic community in Malta and beyond.

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