Tarek Ben Yakhlef aka Tarek was born in Paris in the early 70's, Tarek keeps exploring new horizons through
the writing and the image.
Writer, painter, photographer, editor of the urban art magazine Paris Tonkar magazine and author of the reference book on French graffiti Paris Tonkar, Tarek is
undoubtedly a polymorphous and inventive artist.
He has written nearly seventy books, some of which have become unavoidable works (series Sir Arthur Benton comics and The Gallic Wars ...), scenarios for the
audiovisual in Europe and the United States (documentary and fiction) and exhibits his paintings all over the world (Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Brussels, Montreal, New York, Geneva, Zurich,
Hamburg, Venice, Lodz, Prague, Athens, Zagreb, Budapest, Kribi, Sao Paulo ...).
His paintings have incorporated collections of several art lovers around the world.
For twenty years, he has worked and reflected on different artistic expressions: comics, graffiti, street art, photography, video, Arabic calligraphy. He has also
collaborated in many as a journalist or comic book author.
His painting is both popular but uncompromising, very cerebral and thoughtful but accessible, authentic and universal, raw but constructed. Comics, graffiti,
calligraphy, pop art, narrative figuration and symbolism are the ferments of his pictorial production.
Tarek continues the exploration of the "Mask" he initiated in 2010. He proposes a version 2.0 of this exploration that he defines as a fusion between ancestral
tribalism and modernity.
Tarek synthesizes more than 10 years of research through notably his GEOMETRIK pathways that we find in his works for several years. He associates the
universality of the mask and challenges us: is it only a free form of figurative naturalism, a symbolic object? A decorative object?
Without a doubt, a plastic creation that Tarek transfigures into a pictorial work on canvas or on wall, then echoing parietal art.