Itzchak Tarkay

(Israeli, 1935 - 2012)



            Itzchak Tarkay was born in Subotica on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border in 1935. At 9 years old, Nazis sent him and his family to the Mathausen Concentration Camp where they remained for a year, until the Allied liberation freed them. The family then immigrated to Israel in 1949 and lived at the Beer Yaakov transit camp. In 1951 Tarkay received a scholarship to the Avni Art Academy where he studied under artist Schwartzman, among other Israeli artists Janko, Stematsky, Mokady, and Streichman.


            In 1952 he was forced to place his education on hold due to financial difficulties and his service in the Israeli army. After his service was complete, he moved to Tel Aviv where he enrolled at the Avni Institute of Art and graduated in 1956. At that point he had grown quite popular, and held exhibitions in both Israel and abroad. Most notably, he held an exhibition at the International Art Expo in New York City from 1986-87.


            Tarkay’s subjects mostly consist of bright colorful women in cafés, or patio like settings. The pieces always exhume a happy environment His watercolors, drawings, paintings, and limited editions have reached 100,000 collectors worldwide over his career and posthumously. His style clearly bears his Israeli roots, but influences of Matisse, Braque, and Vlaminck are also evident.


            People all over the world cherish Tarkay’s paintings; their bright livelihood is unmistakably his work. While some artists create art to make a statement of some kind, Tarkay painted because he loved creating art. Because of this his paintings are timeless, not simply about a certain event or point in time but from his own genius. His pieces are a classic style that people always return to appreciate.


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