Khaled Takreti explores the intricacies of interpersonal relationships through emotive portraits that register space and time. Capturing subtle gestures or fleeting moments of expressive admissions, Takreti zeroes in on the fragile nature of social institutions. In his earlier works, the familial unit or bond between mother and child provided a springboard for such examinations and are rendered with reference to his own biography. The artist’s large-scale compositions often revolve around female figures, which he feels brings a sense of stability and strength while generating a tranquility and balance in his work. Positioned against vacant or minimal backgrounds, he utilises colour, compositional design, and imaginative imagery to submerge his subjects in the psychology of particular moments.
Born in Beirut in 1964, Khaled Takreti lives and works in Paris. He studied architecture and design at the University of Damascus and worked for the General Directorate of Antiquity and Museums in Syria prior to traveling to New York in 1995 where he resided for two years and focused on contemporary art. Exhibiting since 1996, his paintings have been shown in the Alexandria Biennale and Art Hong Kong, among other venues, and are housed in the collections of the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art; the National Museum of Damascus; and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Takreti’s recent solo and group exhibitions include Gwangju Museum of Arts, South Korea (2014); Ayyam Gallery London (2013); Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai (2012, 2010); Ayyam Gallery Beirut (2010); Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2011); and Paris et l'Art Contemporain Arabe, Paris (2011). In 2012 Takreti was named among the top 101 greatest living artists in France by arts publication Art Absolument.