Tarkay, Itzchak

Description: ITZCHAK TARKAY (ISRAELI, 1935-2012) TWO WOMEN NO.5. Acrylic on canvas, signed lower left 27.5″ x 19.75″ Frame: 35″ x 27.5″

Itzchak Tarkay (1935 – June 3, 2012) was an Israeli artist. Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica, on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border. In 1944, Tarkay and his family were sent to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, until Allied liberation freed them a year later. In 1949, his family emigrated to Israel, living in a kibbutz for several years. Tarkay attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design from 1951, and graduated from the Avni Institute of Art and Design in 1956.

  • He held his first exhibition in 1961 at the Dugit Gallery in Tel Aviv.
  • His art has been featured in more than 50 exhibitions around the world including Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, France, Germany, the United States, and Japan.
  • After exhibiting both in Israel and abroad, Tarkay received recognition at the International Artexpo in New York in 1986 and 1987 for works in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor.
  • He has been the subject of multiple publications. These include: “TARKAY: Intimate Moments, an Exhibition at Park West Gallery” (1991), “Itzchak Tarkay: The Park West Paintings” (1994), “Tarkay Profile of an Artist” (1997), and “Tel Aviv Retrospective” (2012).
  • He was the only artist to collaborate with Israeli kinetic artist Yaacov Agam. He and Agam created two paintings that incorporated both artists’ imagery into a single painting.