David Tartakover

by Anna Kopito | 07.08.13

David Tartakover is considered to be one of the most important graphic designers in Israel. He was born in 1944 in Israel, and lives today in Tel Aviv where he has his own studio. David Tartakover is also known as a political activist, and has established a reputation for his politically self-produced posters.

“I am a local designer. My relationship with the place where I live is an inseparable part of my work. This relationship is cultural, social and political. In the 1980’s, I began to initiate, design and produce personal posters dealing with my society and its politics, relating mainly to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its effect on Israeli society” David Tartakover says. He describes himself as a ”local designer”, since the subjects he tackles concern Israel.

Not only has David been an influential creator, but also as a teacher. For the past 36 years he has worked as a senior lecturer in the Department of Visual Communication at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, where he also studied himself. Among numerous international awards, Tartakover received the Israel Prize Laureate for design in 2002. “His unique work creates a synthesis between popular and high culture, between the written text and visual imagery, and between personal statements and collective representations of local cultural values. As a creator, teacher, and an active member of the community for over thirty years, he has influenced the language of visual representation in Israel” the judges said.

As active Telavivian readers, you have probably seen David Tartakover’s work from previous posts by Dalit Nemirovsky. In honour of Telavivian’s birthday, which took place on August 1, some Israeli artists shared their art to celebrate this milestone of the magazine. David Tartakover, among others, gave a drawing of Tel Aviv.


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