Commemorating rites of Seyyed Mehdi Chiti held at Foroozanfar Hall of Negarestan Garden & Museum at June 10, 2014 that was 18-20 pm; Dr. Ali Akbar Sharifi and Dr. Javad Ali Mohammadi lectured and finally there was a film on the great artist of Yazd.
Master Seyyed Mehdi Chiti was born at 1899 at Mir Qotb district of Yazd. His primary education was at local schoolhouse when he was deeply interested in painting. He engaged in ancient sports and also worked as coppersmith, however, he never ignored painting.
Back in old time there was no painting instructor at Yazd that caused him to move to Tehran at 1939 to learn painting. First, he went school of Kamal al-Molk where he was rejected for his age; then he went to Master Hossein Bezad, the great miniaturist, and was taught for several years. Master Behzad recognized his naturalistic talent and introduced him to Ali Akbar Sana’ti for further education.
He was 42 years old when he went to Sana’ti, and when Sana’ti came back to Kerman, Chiti followed him and continued learnings for another two years.
Master Chiti performed considerable numbers screens of “Day of Ashura” on velvet to be used at religious gatherings in addition to various oil paintings and watercolor paintings. He also created some statues, reliefs, and mosaics.
He passed away at 2005 when he was 106 and buried at Khold-i-Barin atists’ cemetery of Yazd.
It should be noted that there is an exhibition of Chiti’s works to June 26 at Kamal al-Molk School Museum of Negarestan Garden & Museum.