|Birth: ||Dec. 1, 1933|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 2008|
A remarkably talented Sculptor in bronze, concrete, stone, cold cast bronze, brass chiseling, ceramics, lino painting and wood, a stamp designer and watercolour painter, Anton Agius was born at Rabat, Malta, on December 1, 1933, and commenced his art apprenticeship under Joseph Galea and Samuel Bugeja. Between 1950 and 1953, he studied art at the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in Valletta, and pursued further studies under the guidance of George Borg.
In 1957, he won a Malta Government Scholarship for the Scuola del Nudo dell'Associazione Artistica Internazionale at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Rome, where he studied under Pericle Fazzini and Michele Guerrisi, and later at Saint Martin's School of Art in London, where he was awarded the National Diploma in design, modelling, sculpture and letter cutting. In the latter school, Agius studied under Frank Martin, Elizabeth Frink, Anthony Caro and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Anton Agius served as an art teacher in secondary schools, lecturer at the University of Malta, examiner for Oxford's Ordinary Level Examinations in ceramics and member of the Malta Aesthetics Board. In 1968, he won the first prize at the Human Rights Arts Exhibition, the first prize in Trophy for Best - Kept Village in 1971, the Onoreficenza Del Dio Pan in Florence in 1979, the Artist of the Year Award in 1980, the Targa d'Onore of 1982, and second prize of the First International Art Biennale in Malta, in 1995.
Agius's works include numerous private collections in many parts of the world. Willy Brandt Anton Agius's Freedom Monument at Vittoriosaand Colonel Muammar Gaddafi possess some of his works of art. Some of the artist's major works include the Workers Monument at Msida, the Freedom Monument at Vittoriosa, the Monuments of Dun Mikiel Xerri u Sħabu, the Sette Giugno Victims and of Manwel Dimech at Valletta, Monsignor Giuseppe De Piro's at Rabat, Ġużè Ellul Mercer's at Dingli, Anton Buttigieg's bust at Qala, Gozo, il-Kurċifiss tal-Llum for the Order of Friars Preachers, Monsignor Saint Giorgio Preca's Monument, and Joseph Calleia's bust at Rabat.
Some of Agius's exhibitions include a 1963 exhibition held at the National Museum, and furthermore others at the Museum of Fine Arts in 1974 and 1979, the Maltese Sculptures and Ceramics Exhibition at the Galleria Fenici in 1984, the Public Service Week Art Exhibition in 1996, and BOV's 13th Retrospective Exhibition in 2005.
On July 5, 2000, Anton Agius was named Knight of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and on December 13, 2005, as a Member of the National Order of Merit.
In 2006, Chev. Anton Agius was also awarded the Gold Medal by the Malta Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce.
Anton Agius passed peacefully away on Sunday, October 19, 2008, aged 74, whilst recovered at Mater Dei Hospital. His Funeral Mass will be Tuesday afternoon at Our Lady of Jesus' Church of the Franciscan Fathers as Rabat, at 16.00 hrs., followed by internment at Saint Margaret's Cemetery in Rabat.
St. Margaret Cemetery
Plot: Family Vault.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jan 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84150077
Grazzi Ta' Kollox, Għażiż Anton. Dak Kollu Li Għamilt Miegħi Nibqa' Ngħożżu Għal Dejjem F'Qalbi. Strieħ Issa Fis-Sliem!|
Added: Jan. 29, 2012