Debbie Caruana Dingli

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'Awtoritratt', Self-Portrait, 1985, Watercolour on paper, exhibited permanently at MUŻA

Debbie Caruana Dingli (born 3 March 1962) is a Maltese painter.[1]


Debbie Caruana Dingli was born on 3 March 1962 to Mario and Bertha née Curmi. Born into an artistic family, she represents the fourth generation of artists in her family,[2] with her grandfather Robert Caruana Dingli and great-uncle Edward Caruana Dingli being amongst the most notable 20th Century Maltese artists.[3] She started formal art tuition at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in St Julians under Margaret Chircop.[1] She later graduated from the Malta government school of art where she was under the tutelage of Harry Alden. She was later awarded a diploma in Cartooning by the International Correspondence School in the UK.[3] She hails from Sliema but resides in Siggiewi.[4] In May 2016 she was involved in a major car accident in which she sustained several serious injuries, leaving her unable to paint using her right hand.[5]

Artistic Work[edit]

Debbie Caruana Dingli's first solo exhibition was in 1985 and was held at the invitation of the Museum of Fine Arts in Malta.[1] She was the first female artist to have a Bank of Valletta retrospective dedicated to her.[1][3] The exhibition showcased a cross-section of her works spanning three decades.[6] A watercolour work of hers was presented to Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh during a State visit to Malta in November 2005 and now forms part of the Royal Collection Trust.[7] She has held seven solo exhibitions, with themes spanning from the environment, animals and their welfare, to portraits.[4] She is considered one of Malta's leading watercolour portraitists.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Debbie Caruana Dingli. Malta: Bank of Valletta. 2015. ISBN 978-99932-7-523-7.
  2. ^ "Xebgha Nies 2 – curated by Caroline Miggiani". Malta Society of Arts. Archived from the original on 13 November 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Micallef, Sarah (22 May 2016). "An Enduring Talent". Malta Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 23 May 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Meet the Maltese - Debbie Caruana Dingli". Chevron. 20 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 November 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b Apap Bologna, Daniela (10 May 2018). "Facing Myself". Artpaper. Issue 3: 7–8. {{cite journal}}: |volume= has extra text (help)
  6. ^ "BOV Retrospective Art Exhibition to showcase Debbie Caruana Dingli's 30-year-career". The Malta Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  7. ^ "[Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Prince Charles and Princess Anne disembarking from the "Britannia" ferry boat] signed & dated 2005". Royal Collection Trust. Retrieved 7 March 2020.