Born in 1963 in a south eastern town in Iran, Saeed Hojjati is the oldest of five children. His adventurous and passionate spirit brought him to Canada to build a better life. As an immigrant to Canada, Saeed worked hard and used his entrepreneurial skills that he had developed in Iran to build a life here. Saeed began to sketch in his free time and his fiancťe at the time (now his wife) saw his amazing talent. Sandra encouraged him to play with color and Saeed through painting with oil discovered his gift in art. He credits God for his ability and for giving him inspiration to produce such high quality creations.
Saeed is a self taught artist and along the way sought opportunity to learn from some great artists. Saeed is very grateful to Doris Charest who mentors him through her honest feedback and challenges him to be true to himself. It is through this feedback that Saeedís paintings have grown to what they are today. His love for life, for the beauty of Godís creation leads him to paint with vivid color, depth and spiritual passion. His paintings reflect the great beauty and diversity of our world. Through oil and his use of perspective Saeed captures the awe in simplicity. His brush strokes and his color palette is widely admired and he is know for his confidence in using color. All of Saeedís work is inviting. The demand for his work continues to grow and because of Saeedís passion and determination his collectors are avid fans of his work.
Because his subject matter derives from capturing experiences and memories, they are exceedingly popular among those in search of that type of nostalgia. His work can be found displayed in galleries across North America, retail environments, festivals, and private and public shows. His art is collected from those across North America to the United Kingdom.
One of Saeedís greatest accomplishments was when the city of Edmonton in 2009 selected his original work and purchased it to be given to dignitaries from around the world. In 2011, he also was part of the Lieutenant Governor Mural Mosaic where three of Saeedís paintings were presented at the Lieutenant Governor General Awards. He feels blessed to be able to share a part of himself with others. You will also see his pieces in St. Albertís Art Beat Gallery, Lacombeís Gallery on Main, The Daffodil Galley in Edmonton, AB and in Scottsdale, Arizona at the online Xanadu Gallery. Saeed is proud to be a part of the Edmonton community and he has given several of his original pieces for charities. Saeed is a member of Society of Western Canadian Artists (SWCA) and his art has been recognized and awarded for his work in detail and perspective. Saeed is also a member of the Night of Artists in Edmonton, AB and a part of the Mural Mosaic Group that is known worldwide for giving diverse artists one voice.
He is a devoted husband and dedicated father. In Saeedís free time, you will find him volunteering at the food bank, serving faithfully at his church and playing piano and drums. He also enjoys reading art books, taking art courses, and travelling with his wife and family.