Ruth Bianco is a multidsiciplinary artist who creates and leads projects in contemporary Fine Art, exploring the dynamics of space, territory and transboundary movement. She has exhibited extensively, travelling to participate in significant exhibitions and country representations. Her work is held in the national collections of Heritage Malta, the Special Archive Collections of Tate Britain, the V&A Museum London, the Royal College of Art, London, and others.
She is professor of Fine Art at the University of Malta where she lectures in visual culture, critical arts and spatial creativity in Art and Architecture in the Faculty for the Built Environment. She has supervised and mentored in postgraduate fine art at the University for the Creative Arts, Kent UK, Transart Institute Krems, and other European universities. Blending her critical insight and expertise in integrative theory and practice, she infuses her work and practice with an anthropological approach to cultural geography and international art relations as 'soft power', having published academic papers on the topic.
She directs Art-in-Architecture interdisciplinary projects to develop critical spatial practice in artistic research and her installations fusing metaphors of performativity, space, visuality and materiality. Curating and initiating independent museum and international artist collaborations (online and site-based), she also engages in consultancy roles on international gallery/foundation advisory boards; having served on national culture boards as advisor and Art Director establishing the foundational operational development, launch exhibitions and initial programming for Malta's International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) as a new platform for art.
Artist / curatorial collaborator / artistic consultant
Professor of Fine Art, University of Malta
2005 PhD Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts / University of Kent at Canterbury, Kent, United Kindgdom
1999 MA Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts (formerly Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury, Kent, UK)
1995 Cert. Diplomatic Studies, Mediterranean Academy in Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta
1991 Postgraduate Cert. Education, University of Malta
1985 BA Honours (English Literature) University of London, United Kingdom
Heritage Malta, National Museum Collections, Malta
Tate Britain Archive and Special Collection, London, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, Archive and Special Collection, London, UK
Royal College of Art, Archive and Special Collection, London, UK
University for the Creative Arts Special Library Collections, Kent, UK
University of Kent Art Library Collections, Kent, UK
Rencontres Internationalles, Paris, France
Communication Design Association of Korea, Seoul, Korea
The John Mackintosh Hall, Gibraltar
Bank of Valletta, Malta
The Embassy of Malta in Paris
The Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS)
Works held in local and internatioanl private collections