About Ramon Azzopardi Fiott

Ramon Azzopardi Fiott | About

Artist | Graphic Designer | Creative Consultant | Illustrator

RAFiott

Artist Bio

Born in 1994, and raised in Malta, I have always pursued a life in art. I graduated from the University of Malta with a BFA in Digital Arts in 2016, which was a touch over-shadowed by the sudden loss of my mother. This experience brutally taught  me that life is too short to be squandered in an office.

A year later I held my debut solo exhibition “Epokaliss – The Presence of Absence” which I dedicated to mum, opening on what would’ve been her 48th birthday at Palazzo Ħamsa Mill. Since then I’ve gone on to exhibit at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Madrid by the Maltese Embassy, and at MUŻA, the Maltese National Fine Arts Gallery.

Aside from selling my art, I support myself by offering my design & illustration services, creating and selling goods on rafiott.com, and hosting pop-up events around the island to share my work. On occasion, I also collaborate on shows with performers such as Undine LaVerve & Bella Stardust, and NGOs that have a creative flair and shared values.

Artist Statement

Ramon Azzopardi Fiott

My paintings tend to start off as emotions that need to externalising. Being synesthetic, I primarily interpret the world through shape, colour and texture, then transpose it to text. Painting allows me to convey my thoughts more purely, each work a window into a particular musing or frustration, commonly both simultaneously.

Though my style continues to evolve, certain elements remain true: my focus on flowing linework, architectural references, the themes of identity & loss, carefully crafted colour stories and a sense of observationalism. My experience in life has led me to my style of practice. Being raised by academics within a creative, neurodivergent family skewed my perception of the norm – something I learnt to enjoy. Surrealism continues to be my preferred coping mechanism, as life in Malta grows in absurdity – to a point where the line between journalism and satire is becoming indiscernible.

I put my work out both as a form of therapy, and activism – the Maltese public is not commonly faced with an accurate representation of its culture or heritage, especially not one that aspires to inspire change through tenderness.

I invite viewers to inspect my work closely to find all the hidden details and references, some they will probably understand, others too personal to pick up on. Viewers will notice a recurrence of typography, typically as a solitary detail that needs to be homogeneously communicated, and eye motifs – representing my position in life as an observer with limited agency on the world around me. You can tell a lot about what I think is beautiful through my work: I have a casual obsession with eclectic local architecture, am fascinated by the natural & mythological worlds, and despite my discontent with the state of the nation, my affinity with Melitensia.

Ramon Azzopardi Fiott

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RAFiott Exhibition History

08/08/2023

The Wind Blows…Waves In All Directions

08/08/2023

23/12/2022

a DATE* with MeliTENSION – Temporary Exhibition

23/12/2022

25/11/2022

Palazzo Pop-Up by RAFiott – Temporary Exhibition

25/11/2022

21/01/2022

MeliTENSION: A Exhibition of Maltese Surrealism – Solo Exhibition

21/01/2022

21/09/2021

Malta: Un Punto de Encuentro [A Meeting Point] – Group Exhibition

21/09/2021

04/11/2017

“Epokaliss: the Presence of Absence – Portraits of Grief”

04/11/2017

08/08/2023

The Wind Blows…Waves In All Directions

08/08/2023

23/12/2022

a DATE* with MeliTENSION – Temporary Exhibition

23/12/2022

25/11/2022

Palazzo Pop-Up by RAFiott – Temporary Exhibition

25/11/2022

21/01/2022

MeliTENSION: A Exhibition of Maltese Surrealism – Solo Exhibition

21/01/2022

21/09/2021

Malta: Un Punto de Encuentro [A Meeting Point] – Group Exhibition

21/09/2021

04/11/2017

“Epokaliss: the Presence of Absence – Portraits of Grief”

04/11/2017

Artistic Collaborations

Patriot Act II – with Undine LaVerve

Performed on 3 dates at MUŻA, Valletta – January 2022
Direction | Co-production | Set Design | Marketing
5 minute burlesque performance satirising the dominance of the construction industry in Malta and the impunity it is privileged with.

Hanging On – with GreenHouse [NGO]

Performed during Science in the City Festival, Valletta – September 2019
Prop building | Animation | Script-Writing | Graphic Design | Direction
Trans-media educational theatre piece about endemic Maltese bats

Silicone Soul – with Undine LaVerve & MyKill

Published on youtube – August 2019
Co-Direction
Music Video

Orkidea – with GreenHouse [NGO]

Performed during Science in the City Festival, Valletta – September 2018
Co-Direction | Body Painting | Co-Production | Graphic Design
Trans-media educational theatre piece about endemic Maltese orchids and bees

Professional Experience

Freelance Artist & Designer

RAFiott.com | Present – 2017

Since 2017 I have been offering the services below for small and established companies, NGOs & fellow artists alike. We all need a hand at times, and a great leader knows when to delegate. I focus on providing clients a swift and holistic service, prioritising clear and full communication – both with clients and within delivered products & services.

Graphic Design | Fine Art Commissions | Custom Illustrations as Promotional Material & Personal Gifts | Logo Design | Branding | Print Design for Borchures, Flyers, Leaflets, Business Cards| merchandise design | social media content | Creative Consultation | Interior Design | Body Painting

Head Graphic Designer

M7Alpha Creative Studios | 2017 – 2016

Social Media Content Creation for multiple brands including Ving Insurance Brokers and eCabs, Creative Direction, Package Design, Illustration, Branding, Animation, Photography, Concept Presentation

Graphic Designer

ProHealth Creative Studios | 2016

Social Media Content Creation for ProHealth, La Roche-Posay MT & Vichy MT, Print Pesign, Event & Product Photography, Animation (Digital & Stop Motion), Illustration

Graphic Designer

MightyBox Games | 2016 – 2015:

UX Design & Branding for a Commissioned Game Redesign. Sprite Creation, Storyboarding, Social Media Content Creation.

Qualifications

Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA)

in Digital Arts

University of Malta | 2016 – 2013

Illustration, Package Design, Photography, Book Design, Animation, Typography, Branding, Photography, UX Design

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