ABOUT SAAD HAJO

Andependent Syrian-Swedish cartoonist and animator 

Born in Damascus 1968, based in Norrköping, Sweden, since 2005.

 

 Working more than two decades as editorial cartoonist. Published on a daily basis
mostly in Arabic or Arabic-speaking journals.

Published on Folkbladet newspaper, Norrköping, Sweden and Courrier International, Paris, France.

Held and/or participated in many international exhibitions.

LAST SOLO EXHIBITIONS & WORKSHOPS

 

Thinking outside the Box, workshop, Sweden | 2022

A lecture and workshop aimed at individuals and groups

working in associations, organizations, schools and

offices where the rules and regulations must be followed.
Working for a long period in a routine and careful way

makes you a bit blind at home and can lose control

of the development.
Eskilstuna folkhögskola | Marieborg folkhögskola, Norrköping

Out of the Box, Sweden | 2022

An contemporary art satirical exhibition, interactive experiences
Installation | illustration | animation

Galleri Kameleont, Norrköping
Dalarna Museum, Falun

SOLD- between solidarity and soldiers, Sweden | 2022

Saritical art that reflects on the war in Ukraine.

An exhibition on
Campus Norrköping, LiU. June-August 

Stadsbiblioteket ( The city library ) Norrköping. September-October

3RD PRIZE WINNER, ITALY| 2022

The 9th. International Caneva Ride Award.

 

 

EWK-AWARD WINNER, SWEDEN | 2015

The prize is named after
the famous Swedish political cartoonist Ewert Karlsson 
and is given out by the EWK Society. 

 

JURY COMMITTEES

JURY MEMBER 

World Press Cartoon

Caldas Da Rainha in Portugal | 2018

 

JURY MEMBER 

Aydin Dogan Competition

International Cartoon Competition,

Istanbul in Turkey | 2004 

EXPERIENCE

 

ATTRACTIVE PROJECT, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Stockholm & Istanbul | 2017 - 2020

Worked as a coordinator in my capacity as an artist for questions concerning Syria and dialogue.

HAJO'S ANIMATION, Syria TV-channel, Istanbul | 2018

Worked as animator and producer, 30-seconds long daily animations.

First of its kind in the Middle East.

HEAD OF CARTOON DEPARTMENT, www.24.ae, United Arab Emirates | 2013 - 2017

Worked as Leadership, created the Cartoon Department from scratch and led and developed it for four years.

CARTOONIST, As-Safir, Beirut, Lebanon | 1995 - 2015

Daily cartoons for the newspaper.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF ARTS, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Damascus, Syria | 1989

BOOKS

TAKE A HAJO, TAKE A BREAK | 2020

Cartoons, printed in colour, bilingual captions Arabic-English.
 

SUDDKANTIG SATIR | 2017

Cartoons, printed in colour, bilingual captions Swedish.  

 

THE COUNTRY OF VIOLENCE IS MY COUNTRY  | 2009

Cartoons, printed in colour, bilingual captions Arabic.

Hajo_Leonardo Rodriguez_02-10-2021.jpg
Cartoon by Saad HAJO_ Smiley Banana
Cartoonist Saad Hajo_Sold LiU_Ali Faqih 2022.jpg

SAID ABOUT HAJO

 

"Hajo is one of the most idea-wise cartoonsits in the country, he likes to portray and philosophize about what it really means to think outside the box? Hajo twists and turns the field of vision and always comes up with some new and exciting perspective.''

 "يعُتبر حاجو من أكثر رسّامي الكاريكاتور  حِكمةً في البلاد، فهو مُغرَم بتشكيل وفلسفة ما يعنيه حقًا التفكير خارج الصندوق؟ يُغيّر حاجو مجال الرؤية ويبدّله ويخرُج دائمًا بمنظور جديد ومثير." 
 

"The apparent simplicity of the drawings holds a subtle morality that sticks in the mind of the viewer and incorporate Saad Hajo’s pictures

into the eternal story of evil and good."

 "إنّ لبساطة الرسم الظّاهريّة لَمغزًى رهيفًا يعلق ببال الناظر ويُدرِجُ صُوَرَ سعد حاجو في حكاية الخير والشرّ الأزليّة."
 

Riber Hansson, Swedish Cartoonist

كريستر فيلمان، صحفي سويديّ، صحيفة نورشوبنغ 

Christer Fällman, Swedish Journalist, NT(Norrköping newspaper)

Cartoon by Saad Hajo_Evil and good

ريبر هانسون، رسام كاريكاتور سويديّ

Saad Hajo © 2021