Ricardo Mbarkho

Coloring with the Lebanese Constitution 2011 958 x 960 pixels Pigmented print on photo paper 101.388 cm x 101.6 cm Edition of seven

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz, 3×3 pixels. Pigmented print on photo paper
102.669 cm x 102.669 cm. Courtesy of the Artist

Ricardo Mbarkho’s work stems from the vibrant scene of today’s global digital art practices. Mbarkho manipulates different layers of significations by investigating multiple questions related to language, communication, creative industries, history of art as well as the visual representation within the sociopolitical sphere. Mbarkho’s images are made from texts. The artist uses the computer as a tool to mutate texts into images; the text’s binary codes, those simple digits that computers use to stock information, are transposed into a unique corresponding visual. By this creative process, the shapes and colors of Mbarkho’s art are constantly unveiling new facets of the initial texts. These can be pre-existing sentences chosen by Mbarkho; or these could be tailored by the artist to feed the concept and process leading to his final artwork.

Born in Beirut in 1974, Ricardo Mbarkho is an artist and lecturer living in Lebanon. His digital images as well as in his time-based work are presented in several festivals and exhibitions worldwide. Mbarkho received his Art Diplomas from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Cinématographiques, Paris, and from Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Beirut. He also completed an exchange study program at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.



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