Albanian sculptor’s art lives on in Albanian Embassy in Canada

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 13, 2018 08:17

Albanian sculptor’s art lives on in Albanian Embassy in Canada

TIRANA, Feb. 12 – A small collection of artworks by Albanian sculptor Hytbi Tarelli, who lived and passed away in Toronto, Canada, two years ago, have been displayed in the Albanian Embassy in Canada with the help of the artist’s family.

Tarelli’s work, focusing in the field of figurative art, was dedicated to Albanian prominent figures and the country’s national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeg through the years, but has also included portraits of famous personalities in the fields of theater and music.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs valued the initiative through a Facebook post, saying “the works of Hytbi Tarelli who lived in Toronto and dedicated his major activity to Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeg, have taken place in the Albanian Embassy in Canada. Praise to the family for the generous gesture. The artist will live on through his art.”

Tarelli was born in 1952, in the Devoll valley. He took his first art classes at the age of ten, by well-known Albanian artists of the time. His first exhibition was held in 1968.

Despite graduating in the field of natural sciences in 1975, he never stopped engaging in his passion and organized three major personal exhibitions during his lifetime, both in Albania and Toronto, where he migrated with his family after spending some years in Greece first.

With sculptures and painting well-known throughout the Albanian community and beyond, Tarelli reached out and built bridges among Albanians in the diaspora and at home. One of his most praised sculptures was dedicated to another national hero, Adem Jashari, and country’s saint Mother Teresa.

Tarelli passed away in Canada, in Nov. 2016.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 13, 2018 08:17