To call Tarek’s illustrated books ‘comic books’ is like calling ‘Maus’ a comic book. They are that, but so much more. I see Tarek as a sort of Renaissance street artist.
“Graduate of the Sorbonne (University Paris I) in medieval history and art history, Tarek released Paris Tonkar in 1991 at the age of 19 years: the first art book published in Europe dedicated to Spraycan art in Paris. It has become a reference book for all amateurs of urban art and specialists of Hip-hop.”
“He has won many awards including the Saint-Michel for Best Screenplay in 2007 for Sir Arthur Benton. That same year, his work on this series has been exhibited at the Caen’s Memorial for four months: it was the first time a comic was well highlighted in a place for history and memory. His comics for young people are regularly used in schools since 2004.”
“_street art project male and female characters that I painted and then placed in the street in broad daylight. My collages are sometimes placed in the street by artists with whom I work as Gregos, Bastek or people who want to participate in my art project.”
“For twenty years he has worked and reflects on different artistic expressions: comics, graffiti, urban art, photography, video, Arabic calligraphy. the year 2010 marked a turning point in his artistic career began as a leading journal dedicated to urban art and graffiti: Paris Tonkar magazine and regular contributor to International Hip-Hop, Cosmic Hip-Hop, Fatcap magazine and Lectrics.”
Some wonderful work here.
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Many thanks to: https://destructivetesting.wordpress.com for discovering this artist. Vincent Pompetti aka Tarek, fits so well into my ‘The 100’ series.
John, reading art rat cafe is as good as any course in art appreciation. No, it’s better: I hear of and see artists I would never see on my own. Thank you.
Hi, Vincent Pompetti works with me in comics book. I’m Tarek and my name is Tarek Ben Yakhlef.
Thank you for this article but can you correct the title, thank’s !
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