Joe Xuereb was born on 26th June 1954 and lives in Ghajnsielem, the first village the visitor meets after landing in Mgarr harbour.  He studied art at the Gozo Lyceum but his career really launched itself off in the 1970's, after working and studying under the tutelage of the late British archaelogist Marie Claridge, then active at her  'Gozo 20'  studio on the outskirts of Ghajnsielem. He discovered his artistic inspiration in Neolithic sculpture, a field rarely exploited by other local artists and over the years, though his message has cut across universal boundaries, has made his reputation by specializing in this type of art.

Xuereb's art is, therefore, closely linked with the prehistoric past of Gozo, a small island with its own distinctive character, going back to Neolithic times. His medium, the soft globigerina limestone of Gozo, is highly adapted to his working technique, using traditional tools inherited from his father, a traditional stone mason in his younger days.

Joe Xuereb is married to Miriam and is the proud father of Lorna and Klara. In the seventies he was one of the leading lights of his village's Cultural Society, then a dynamic force in Gozo cultural circles.

He has made his name known beyond the confines of Malta and has had numerous exhibitions throughout Europe, where he has exhibited in the Dutch university city of Groningen, Paris, Berlin and other major German cities as well as mounting a path-breaking show at the Lincoln Centre in New York.  Since 1998,  his work has been permanently on display at  'SOL'  Sculpture Gallery of Siena, Italy and has also executed some large pieces for the Chianti Sculpture Park located in the Tuscany region.

In 1992, the Dutch magazine "Woonbeeld' has featured prominently Joe's work following his first personal exhibition outside his homeland. In 1999, his work was selected and given extensive coverage in the CNN  programme 'ArtClub' that dealt about Maltese art. Today he runs his own Sculpture Gallery  which has already been visited by clients coming from over 70 countries. His works are found in private collections ranging from Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia to Florida, California , Minnesota in the U.S.A.