Ted Harasti is an Ontario-based Sacred Artist, Sculptor, Muralist and Iconographer specializing in Greek and Russian Byzantine style devotional icons.
Born in Toronto on March 20, 1943, he worked for 34 years as an elevator mechanic while at the same time co-owning and managing the Durham Ceramic Art studio in Ajax.
Man of faith, Ted always regarded his artistic talent as a marvelous God given gift intended for sacred ministry. As the artist himself explains: “Imaging the Word is a powerful means of ministering to God’s people and of evangelization. It is by this means that I feel I can utilize the precious gifts God has given me.”
The summer of 1974 marked a cornerstone in the artist’s inspirational journey. During a silent spiritual retreat in Manresa, Ted was blessed with a Marian vision. The Holy Mother appeared to him in a dream (locution) and walked him through the concept of an environmental sculpture he was to design and build. The Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine project was born then, on that very summer night