Born in the Ukraine in 1963, Kim Tkatch studied Fine Arts at the Kiev Art Institute in 1988. His earlier paintings expressed "mystical" feelings through cryptic patterns and mythical figures. In the early nineties, Tkatch immigrated to Israel where his style began to change.
Today his paintings have a more realistic perspective although his work has a magical flair. His still-life paintings come alive with juxtapositions of architecture, sculpture or Mediterranean vistas. There is always a cheeriness and warmth in his interior spaces. His exteriors are sun-filled; his colors rich and saturated, his images are romantic and intimate. It is obvious that Tkatch understands the exuberant potential of his subjects. He uses his propensity as an illustrator to offer the viewer a new decorative insight into the beauty of a bouquet of flowers, the Grand Canal in Venice, or female figures lounging on a Mediterranean terrace.
Tkach's works - Motorcycles and Vespa, old cars, faucets, laundry hung flapping in the wind - all the daily things, which are viable and invisible.
It is surprising to discover, how poetic and colorful a scooter in an oil painting could be, full of depth and shadows, icons and subtitles which are not understood by everyone, and yet – nothing is more beautiful. Then what is beauty? Apparently this is an extraordinary ability of the artist to observe the simplest things, to find the essence, their genetic code, crack it and bring it to a climax.
Faucets, plumbing, interconnected parts, crude and massive become a source of beauty and light in Tkach's works. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eyes" - said Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and apparently this is the way that leads Kim Tkatch's brush when he chooses to look at the smallest and insignificant details of our lives and to make them the heroes of the story.
Kim Tkatch's paintings have been exhibited in Israel, the United States, Russia, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Austria, and Australia. A prolific artist, his works can be found in private collections worldwide.