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Seeing Music – An exhibition by Frank Briffa

7 March | 9:00 am - 11 April | 7:00 pm

Seeing Music

An exhibition by Frank Briffa (1947- 2021)

This exhibition intends to pay homage to the late Frank Briffa’s love of music, showcasing pieces inspired by compositions that had deeply resonated with him over the years. The resulting paintings are not mere illustrations, but a quest for a pictorial equivalent to the language of music. While some works may subtly incorporate figurative elements, Frank’s primary focus was on capturing the essence of the musical experience.

Frank Briffa, born in Egypt and raised by his Maltese parents in the vibrant backdrop of London, was deeply rooted in his Maltese heritage. His upbringing was a tapestry woven with the rich threads of Maltese and Italian languages spoken at home, while English became the medium for the outside world.

Immersing himself in the post-war cultural renaissance of London, Frank embraced a myriad of interests. The Science, Natural History, and British Museums, as well as London’s renowned art galleries and the Proms Music Festival, became his playground of inspiration. Enrolling at the Hornsey College of Art, he embarked on a journey that would later see him pursue a scientific path, delving into Zoology and eventually earning a Ph.D. with research focused on copper toxicity.

Although his professional journey led him to teach sciences in a Further Education College, Frank never lost sight of his passion for the arts. Serving as the President of the Concert Society during his university days, he continued to express his artistic flair throughout his teaching career, composing a range of musical pieces, from string quartets to organ and clarinet works. A firm believer in the importance of observational skills, he was seldom without a sketchbook, capturing the essence of life through caricatures, cartoons, and family Christmas cards.

In 1998, Frank took a bold step, leaving behind the world of education to pursue a full-time career as an artist. Drawing inspiration from his eclectic interests, he crafted a body of work that reflects his multifaceted creativity.

In November 2021, after a valiant battle with a prolonged illness, Frank Briffa departed, leaving a legacy that extends beyond his artistic endeavors. He is survived by his wife, three children, and six grandchildren, a testament to a life richly lived and creatively shared.


7 March to 11 April 2024


Art Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

Opening Hours

Mondays to Fridays: 9am to 7pm
Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Entrance Fee



7 March | 9:00 am
11 April | 7:00 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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