Street Artist with a knack for producing fantastical and lively creations, Tarek is an avid fan of graffiti.
He also has a hand in making vibrant illustrations and comics which he fills with a plethora of contemporary and interesting characters.
TAREK, whose full name is Tarek Ben Yakhelf, was born in Paris in 1971. Having grown up in an artistic urban world, TAREK invested himself very early on in the art of graffiti and is an active participant to this day.
Having studied history and Art History at the Sorbonne, and keen on Street Art, TAREK published at only 19 years old "Paris Tonkar", the first book in Europe dedicated to graffiti.
This book offers for the very first time an honest representation of graffiti-artists, mentioning their motivations, their artistic approaches as well as the public’s reception to this new cultural phenomenon.
Tarek quickly switches out his aerosol can for a camera, in order to document this new wave of French Street Art.
At the same time, this talented artist channels his artistic expression in other ways and on other supports, such as comic strips, a field in which he garners a great deal success. But spray cans are never far away: they continue to allow him to leave a an imprint of his time on this Earth on its city walls.
Listed and certified on Artprice since 2014, his paintings have made their way into art lovers’ private collections around the world: Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Brussels, Montréal, New York, Geneva, Zürich, Hamberg, Venice, Lodz, Prague, Athens, Zagreb, Budapest, Kribi, São Paulo, Dakar…
His pieces have also integrated collections in museums, cities and organisations the world over: Viltaïs (Moulins), Town of Guéret, French Red Cross (Paris), Ad Tatum (Paris), Havas Worldwide (Paris), MoLA Museum (Paris), Graff’art (Saint-Ouen), Street art city (Lurcy-Lévis), La Porte Verte Hospital (Versailles), Shoes or no Shoes museum and Institute of King Albert II (Belgium) aswell as Havas Worldwide (Tunis).
Master’s degree in History and DEA in Art History (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
EXHIBITIONS SINCE 2016 :
Lehalle Gallery / Paris 7th, 2018
Cultural area Passe Ouest / Plœmeur, 2018
Salon d’art contemporain de Saint-Sulpice / Paris 6e, 2018
Calvanostra Gallery / Caen, 2017
L’œil ouvert / Paris 10e, 2015 and 2017
Daki Gallery / Sao Paulo, 2017
Carole Kvasnevski Gallery / Paris 17th, 2016 and 2017
Sub Galeria / Sao Paulo, 2017
Agnès B. Gallery / Paris 2nd, 2017
Gallery Superposition / Lyon, 2017
Martine Ehmer Gallery/ Brussels, 2017
Workshop 17 /Mills, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Waterloo Cultural Centre / Waterloo, 2017
Shoah Memorial / Paris 3rd, 2017
Gallery Line 13 / Paris 17th, 2017
Barexpo / Rennes, 2016
Gallery 203 / Montreal, 2014 and 2016
Gallery Kunsthaus an der Alster / Hamburg, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Strokar /Brussels, 2016
Urban veins /Rouen, 2016
Museum Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne, 2016
JPHT Gallery / Paris 3rd, 2016 and 2017
Cognac art / Cognac gallery, 2016
Studio Longboard /Hamburg, 2015 and 2016
Philippe Gelot Gallery / Paris 4th, 2012 and 2017