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Sahand Saher Brussels, Belgium

Artist Sahand Saher paints dreamy portraits of cats in serene landscapes. “The white cat in my artwork used to live with me before I had to move to Hungary and leave him behind,” explains Sahand. “A year later, on a hot summer afternoon when I was missing him so unbearably, I found my sketches of him. He was laying around lazily and enjoying the sun. Watching him always made me ponder how kind nature is to its creatures - that nature in its core is joyful, abundant and kind.” Sahand was born in Tehran, Iran into a family of artists, including his father, older brother and twin. At the age of six, the family moved to Azerbaijan in search of more opportunities. Sahand studied academic painting at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Art. In his third year though, feeling limited by the very strict structure, he left to continue his education on his own. Sahand designed his own curriculum and sought out mentors online and in books, leading to a great evolution of experimentation and creativity. Today, he paints most of his artworks solely from imagination with few references. Sahand later moved to Hungary, and after a number of years apart, reunited with his family in Brussels. His paintings have been displayed in the Turkish embassy and he was commissioned to paint a portrait for the Nizami Museum of Azerbaijan Literature in Baku.

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    About The Artist

    Artist Sahand Saher paints dreamy portraits of cats in serene landscapes. “The white cat in my artwork used to live with me before I had to move to Hungary and leave him behind,” explains Sahand. “A year later, on a hot summer afternoon when I was missing him so unbearably, I found my sketches of him. He was laying around lazily and enjoying the sun. Watching him always made me ponder how kind nature is to its creatures - that nature in its core is joyful, abundant and kind.” Sahand was born in Tehran, Iran into a family of artists, including his father, older brother and twin. At the age of six, the family moved to Azerbaijan in search of more opportunities. Sahand studied academic painting at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Art. In his third year though, feeling limited by the very strict structure, he left to continue his education on his own. Sahand designed his own curriculum and sought out mentors online and in books, leading to a great evolution of experimentation and creativity. Today, he paints most of his artworks solely from imagination with few references. Sahand later moved to Hungary, and after a number of years apart, reunited with his family in Brussels. His paintings have been displayed in the Turkish embassy and he was commissioned to paint a portrait for the Nizami Museum of Azerbaijan Literature in Baku.

    Artist Statement

    My passion is to explore the subtle magic underlying our daily life. I believe that there's much more to our life than what we let ourselves believe and it's accessible by the tiniest adjustments in our perspectives - I'm aiming to convey this through my paintings. Usually wilderness is the source of my inspirations and magical realism of Latin American literature has influenced my art a lot.

    Most of my inspirations and visions come from tiny pen drawings I do throughout the day and later transfer into bigger sketchbooks meant for oil sketching. There I play with the idea a bit more, experimenting with the composition, colors and forms. Once satisfied with the result, I paint on linen. I always begin my paintings with oil paints and do not sketch beforehand.

    I am known as Yukhu in some artistic circles and can be found selling my work under this name as well.

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