A PAINTER'S LIFE
1944 - 1961
Pete Hoida was born at Birkenhead in 1944. His father, serving then in the Free Czechoslovak Army, was employed post-war as a draughtsman for a firm in Liverpool that fitted out ocean liners. His mother had attended Birkenhead Art School for a year and from a young age he became aware of paintings in the Williamson Art Gallery, the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, and formatively in 1955 at the Van Gogh exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. In 1958 the family moved to Malvern. He attended Worcester Royal Grammar School and while there he attended Worcester Art School on day-release.
1962 - 1973
Hoida studied Landscape Architecture at Cheltenham School of Architecture and Landscape, Gloucestershire College of Art, for two years. In 1964 he was employed as a landscape architect by London County Council. In 1969 he began painting studies at Hammersmith College of Art and Building, followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma at Goldsmiths College School of Art, London University.
Hoida moved to Stroud, Gloucestershire with his wife and two small daughters. After completing his Goldsmiths Diploma in 1974, he painted in make-shift studios in the Stroud Workhouse, an outhouse in Chalford Hill and a room at the top of the Railway Tavern in Brownshill. In 1980 he built his own studio adjoining the house in Brownshill, where he has worked continuously since. See exhibitions.
Exhibition Catalogue:The Black Morar Series, New Paintings 2010 - 2012 ISBN 978-0-9562038-9-2
Exhibition Catalogue:Pete Hoida, Doctor Viper, HSoA 2015 ISBN 978-0-9931047-1-8
Exhibition Catalogue:Pete Hoida, New Paintings, APT Gallery 2019 ISBN 978-1-9161454-0-5
Verse written between 1963 and 2016. Selcted publications:
"Lips", Allison & Busby, London. ISBN 85031 067 9, 1972
"Stumble", Poet and Peasant Press, London, 1975
"The Correct Demanded Direction", Pig Press, Newcastle, ISBN 0.903997 45 2, 1979
"Selected Poems of Blaise Cendrars" (Translation), Penguin, London. ISBN 0 14 042.231 5, 1980
"Literary Breakfast", privately published, Bristol, 1985
"The Decline of Heavy Industry", Yew Tree Press, Stroud. ISBN 978-0-9562038-8-5, 2016
A link to Pete Hoida reading his poems can be found in his