The death has been announced of sculptor Ġanni Bonnici at the age of 86 years. Bonnici was born on 4 September 1932.
Bonnici began studying art at a young age, and in 1954 was awarded a School of Art scholarship to continue studying in Rome, where he obtained a Diploma in Sculpture.
On his return to Malta, Bonnici started teaching, for the first time, ceramics in schools. In fact, he will be remembered for his beautiful works as a ceramist and sculptor. Bonnici worked in terracotta, ceramics, stone, bronze, marble and even concrete. His works are to be found in various public places and churches, as well as in private residences.
One can appreciate Bonnici’s artistic skills in the various crucifixes in the churches of Santa Luċija, St Sebastian in Ħal Qormi, the chapel of the nuns of St Catherine’s convent in Ħ’Attard and the chapel in Pwales.The Independence monument is also further evidence of his artistic skill.
Bonnici’s works are also to be found abroad in several European countries as well as in Canada, Australia and the US.
Bonnici had been awarded Ġieħ il-Mosta as well as the prestigious M.O.M (Member of the National Order of Merit) by President Guido de Marco.