Joseph Trapani showed interest in painting since his early ages. In the 1960s, at the age of 14 years he won a competition for school children to commemorate the century of St Paul’s shipwreck. At that time he was studying art under the supervision of the renowned artist Guido Cali. His paintings in oil where always appreciated primarily for expression of a lot of detail.
In 1967-1970 he studied art at MCAST under the tutorship of Esprit Barthet, another renowned local artist, successfully leading to an Advanced level certificate in Art from Oxford and London Universities. In 1994 and 1995 he attended courses held by the University of Malta where he coordinated these courses with foreign tutors. During this period, he experienced techniques of water colours and acrylics and on site painting. In 1998 and 1999 he successfully completed a Diploma in Masters Arts with I.C.S. U.S.A. He Studied Graphic Art in 2001, and obtained a certificate of Merit.
Presently Joseph Trapani works on a variety of medias and subjects, such as portraits, landscapes and still life. His works of art can be found around the Maltese Islands, in Australia, United Kingdom and America.
He participated in regular exhibitions some of which were held at the Malta Society of Arts, Mid Med Bank, British Legion, Malta Fest, and the Biennale of Christian Art. He also held personal exhibitions in various galleries, hotels and other establishments around Malta and Gozo. Exhibitions of his works were also held in Syros (Greece ), New South Wales ( Australia ) and Bath ( England ). Joseph Trapani also teaches art to beginners and advanced pupils whereby students experience the beauty of art through watercolours, acrylics and oil and get the opportunity to produce art on the spot at different locations whilst using different media.
Joseph is also renowned for painting and reproductions of old masters. The International Dictionary of Maltese Artists by Nicholas Depiro bears the name of Joseph Trapani which makes him part of a living society that expresses life through painting.