Itzchak Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica on the Yugoslav Hungarian border. When he was only nine years old, the Nazis sent Tarkay to Mathausen concentration camp. After the war, he returned home and developed an interest in art. While still at school in Subotica, he won a prize for excellence in painting.
In 1949 he and his family immigrated to Israel and were sent to a transit camp for new arrivals at Beer Ya'akov. Their next two years were spent in a Kibbutz.
In 1951, Tarkay received a scholarship to the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, where he studied for a year before having to leave due to difficult financial circumstances at home. In order to continue his scholarship, he was allowed to study under the artist Schwartzman until his mobilization to the Israeli army. After returning to the familiar environment of Tel Aviv, Tarkay enrolled in the Avni Institute of Art, which he graduated in 1956. His teachers there were Mokady, Janko, Schtreichman and Sematsky.
Tarkay has since exhibited extensively both in Israel and abroad, and his works can be found in many public and private collections.
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BBarela, Chris Barker, James Barton, Steve Bascom, Earl Basso, Angelo Bateman, Robert Becker, Charles Bedard, Michael Bennett, Bob & Tom Brooks, Debbie Bruvel, Gil
Buckels, Jim Buffet, Guy Bugagiar (the twins), Alessio and Marcello Byerley, Bob
CCampanile, Dario Casay, Anthony Cassidy, Michael Chan, Liu Miao Coleman, James Crace, Hoyt
DDavo Delacroix, Michel
EEarle, Eyvind Eliscu, Frank Erte Evers, Dale Everson, Yuri
FFaran, Nomi Fields, Chester Frogman (Tim Cotterill)
GGhiglieri, Lorenzo Goodfellow, Winston Gourley, Roark
HHallam, Kerry Hanson, Scott Hessam Hogue, Al Hong, Lu
JJackson, Wade Jacobs, Scott
KKaufman, Steve Kondakova, Liudmila Kortnik, Carol
Kortnik, Mark Kostabi, Mark Kuang, Ting Shou
LLaChaussee Lassen, Christian Le Kinff, Linda Ledan, Fanch Leung, H Leung, Thomas Licsko, Frank Ling, Zhou Lowell, Rebecca Luongo, Aldo
MMack, Bill Maiden, Michael Maimon, Isaac Manpearl, Jeffrey Mathewson, Dennis Mazur, Ruby McCourt, Suzanne
McKnight, Thomas McMichaels, Don Milici, Tony Mira
PPark, S. Sam Parker, Patrick Pierson, Markus Pissarro, Claude Pitre, John Power, Steven Prescott, Fredrick
QQueen, Dana Quillan, Joseph
RRattenbury, Jon Rios, Michael Rios, Susan
SSchluss, David Scoppettone Scoppettone, Lara Sheehan, Chris Shvaiko, Viktor Snowden, M.L. Stiers, Richard Sumner, George
TTarkay, Itzchak Tarnowski, Glen Terbush, Dale Tiefeng, Jiang Tomchuk, Marjorie Tuan, N. Turnbull, Steve