Afternoon in Verdala Palace
by Caroline Navarro
- Acrylics on canvas
- 80cm by 40cm unframed - stretched on deep edge frame
Caroline was born in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and brought up in Malta in the Mediterranean. Her wish to become an internationally acclaimed artist materialised after she followed a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the National Art School in Sydney. She was chosen to take part in a mural project as part of the Sydney Olympics which led to her being chosen as the artist to represent Malta as part of the CHOGM (Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting) in 2002. Subsequently she has exhibited worldwide at the United Nations in New York, central London at the Commonwealth Society and Harrods, Paris at the Montmatre Town Hall, Seville Spain and an Art Symposium in Italy.
Caroline’s works can be found in Italy at the Pescara Contemporary Art Museum and in private collections in London, Australia, Malta, Spain, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Japan, and the US. She has also managed her own private gallery, Space Contemporary Art, part of the Hilton complex in Malta and has been part of the special effects department for the Blockbuster movie “Troy”. Caroline-Presidents-certificate-206x300
Her greatest inspiration is the sea. Caroline’s love for sailing. This can be seen through her vibrant seascapes often depicting regattas. Rolex commissioned her to create prize-giving trophies in 2005 & 2006 for the renowned Middle Sea Yacht Race. Following this, she made trophies for the “Trophee Bailli de Suffren”, a prestigious classic offshore yacht race leaving St. Tropez – Sardegna – Silicy – Malta and in July 2015 was part a collaborative exhibitionat Galerie de Lices in St. Tropez.
While Caroline worked as a freelance yacht chef for almost 10 years. between 2002 – 2010 she was based for a few months in Cornwall, Antigua and Palma de Mallorca where she completed many paintingsand rewarding mural commission at Colegio San Alfonso Maria de Ligorio on C/ de San Lorenc Palma de Mallorca centre in the old town. In 2013, Caroline completed a Master of Tourism with studies in focused on yachting and worked as sales and marketing manager for 5 years Malta’s superyacht marina, Camper & Nicholsons Grand Harbour Marina.
Last May, Caroline was part of the Valletta 2018, European Capital of Culture, with a collaborative exhibition at the Malta Maritime Museum. End of 2018, Caroline relocated to Mallorca in searchof her next challenge, where she works on specialized yachting projects while at the same time preparing to hold an exhibition in Mallorca on local scenes.
“Caroline’s energetic brushstroke and choice of fiery colour well describe the artist herself”.
– Tutor & Artist Michael Downs MFA, National Art School Sydney Australia. (2001)
“Caroline is one of Malta’s upcoming talents”.
– Dr Francis Zammit Dimech, Minister for Tourism & Culture (2007)
“I would like to congratulate Ms Navarro for her efforts to prepare and exhibit her paintings of Maltese scenery in one of the most prestigious places in New York, if not the world, where the international community comes together to promote and strengthen peace and co-operation – the United Nations”.
– Saviour Borg, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Malta to the United Nations (2007)