Portrait of Antony Micallef in his studio

Antony Micallef

Raw, fleshy portraits that explore ideas of the self

“I want my forms to encompass a sense of life. This body of work is all about the materials used and the palpable essence of the material depicting a sense of being.”

Antony Micallef isn’t constrained by the boundaries of sculpture and painting. Instead, he uses thick impasto –  the process of layering on paint so it stands out from a surface – to create his 3D pieces. He also pushes this process to the extremes – scraping, twisting and ‘excavating’ the paint. Further texture is added by recycling dried paint from his palette and studio walls. The resulting pie...

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Antony Micallef (he/him) was born in 1975 in Swindon, England, and now lives and works in London.


Antony uses a unique mix of oil paint and beeswax in his works. This helps to form the 3D nature of his works. Without the beeswax honeycomb structure, the pieces would fall apart under the weight.

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Antony is not a stranger to controversy in his social commentary. Recently he satirised the face of previous US President Donald Trump onto cigarette packets. His intent was to highlight the threat he believed Trump posed to society.

Collaborations with Antony Micallef

Avant Arte and Antony Micallef have one upcoming collaboration.