The artist Hytbi Tarelli was born in 1952 in the beautiful Devoll valley in Albania. At 10 he starts to draw and takes his first art classes with well-known artists of the period. In 1968 he presents his works in an exhibit with the association of artists. From that time on he works extensively on portrait and especially landscape.
In 1975 he got his Bachelor in Natural Sciences but never stopped his artistic activity or walk away from the visual arts. He has participated in many group exhibits and organized three solo exhibits.
In 1992 he emigrates to Greece and later on to Canada and carries on his work in the visual arts, sculpture and plaster decorations (fireplace mantels, ceilings etc.). He is a member of the Don Valley Art Club (Toronto, Canada) and so far has participated in four group exhibits and two solo exhibits.
There are three crucial things he says: “Love art, live with art and most and foremost sacrifice for the sake of art.” His preferences are: canvases in oils and pastel (portraits, landscapes); sculptures and bas-reliefs (terra-cotta, plaster).
The artist is proud of his origin. During his years away from Albania he has worked on many an Albanian theme. The “Mother Teresa” bas-relief was finalized in 2006 and decorates the facade of the school that bears her name in Markham,On.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresain in 2010, Hytbi Tarelli paint an image of Mother Teresa in oil canvas with dimensions 6 ft X 9 ft. This painting is proudly displayed in the library of the same school.