Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1989, Aya Tarek is a painter, street artist and illustrator with an exciting portfolio of diverse art projects, feature films and art collaborations in countries ranging from Sao Paolo to Frankfurt.
Her work explores the different interchanges within modes of urban communication and the dynamic of a public space. Using a vibrant, comic derived aesthetic, and often working through site-specific murals, she aims to trigger a humorous sense of controversy, investigating different ideas pertaining to the different public contexts.
Tarek has showcased her artwork in various exhibitions and events around the world, including Aya in America, Portland (2017), Paper Trail, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo (2017), Objects in the Mirror Are Closer than They Appear, SOMA Art, Cairo (2017), Afreaka Festival, Sao Paulo (2016), World Premiere of a New Mural by Aya Tarek, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Florida (2015), Urban Art Biennale, Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte, Völklingen (2015), Djerbahood, Itinerrance Gallery, Djerba (2014), Vagabonds Congress, Theatre RMPH, Stuttgart (2014), Cityleaks, Cologne (2013), White Walls, Beirut Art Centre, Beirut (2012), Arabic Graffiti & Egyptian Street Art in Frankfurt, Frankfurt (2012), Ankh Project, ITP Berlin (2011), Graffiti: Style/ History/ Experience, Goethe Institute, Alexandria (2011), Bytes and Pieces, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2011), Shopping Malls, Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum, Alexandria (2010), PICK 4, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2009).
She is also a recipient of several residencies, including Dakakin, Alriwaq Contemporary Art Space, Bahrain and Artist in Resident Show, Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation, Italy.
In 2015 and 2016, she worked with Master Printer Tim Baker on photogravuring at the University of South Florida’s Graphic Studio.
Tarek has produced murals, installations and canvas paintings for a select roster of commercial clients including real estate developments, upscale entertainment companies, food and beverage brands, and commercial outlets.
Previous projects include a mural at Wieden+ Kennedy, a Portland advertising agency (2017), dome murals for G-Space, Gouna, Egypt (2017), a mural for the Gouna private jet airport in partnership with ByGanz (2016), a wall mural for Design Avenue in Heliopolis, Cairo (2016), and a wall mural for RiseUp Summit (2016) at the AUC Greek Campus in Cairo.
In late 2016, Tarek also completed a mural for La Bodega Egypt’s new branch in Galleria 40.
Future projects include ongoing partnerships with real estate brands in Cairo and Gouna, art residencies and projects in Los Angeles, and collaborations with Egyptian design brands and artists.