Return Island – Exhibition by Dominique Ciancio

Date(s) - 06 May 2021 - 27 May 2021

Return Island poster

Return Island

Exhibition by Dominique Ciancio

Dates: 6 to 27 May 2021

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

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 08.00hrs – 19.00hrs
Saturday 09.00hrs – 13.30hrs
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Entrance is free
Subject to Covid-19 measures

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Maltese born painter Dominique Ciancio (b. 1983) has for the past ten years worked as a freelance artist between Malta and Norway. Like many during the recent flight restrictions he found himself unusually bound to the island. This time however allowed for precious moments of reflection. The memories of growing up on a Mediterranean island with its temperament and traditions intertwine with present realities of urbanisation and changing human relationships.

In Return Island, people and objects jostle for attention in settings that may seem bizarre, humorous and tragic all at once.

At the time of writing this solo exhibition of paintings is scheduled to run from the 6 – 27 May 2021. A virtual format of the exhibition will also be available online.


Born in 1983 in Malta, Dominique Ciancio works as a freelance artist. Ciancio graduated in History of Art and Philosophy at the University of Malta in 2004 and completed a four year diploma course in Fine Arts at the Malta School of Art. He went on to work with theatre and film and joined the Art Department at Universal Studios Inc. in 2005 where he worked on productions with notable film directors such as Steven Spielberg. At the age of 26 Ciancio transitioned on to painting full time while living for 5 years in Oslo, Norway.

Gradually he also shifted his creative focus to a series of interdisciplinary projects combining picture and sound. Some notable collaborations with UK sound artist Justin Wiggan include The Idiot, Factotum, USA in 2013 and Sword Fighting Jazz, Birmingham, UK in 2014. Other solo projects: 2008 WIRE, Schonings Gate Oslo, Norway / 2010 The Curious, Cittadella, Gozo Malta / 2011 Silent Pulses, Palazzo Ferreria, Malta / 2013 Malerier, Galleri Taide, Telemark, Norway / 2014 UNPACK – a visio-phonic experience at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, Malta / Semartilma – Dissolving Borders at Arte Gallery, Gozo / In 2015 selected to create seven murals for Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Bighi, Malta / 2016 saw his collaboration with Spright-Art, on AJITP, The Hague, Netherlands / 2019 – TATOM – The Anachronistic Thoughts Of Man, Arte Gallery, Gozo, Malta.