Born in Beirut in 1964, Khaled Takreti is a leading Syrian artist whose Pop aesthetic has influenced a subsequent generation of contemporary Arab painters. Originally trained as an architect at the University of Damascus, he began exhibiting his work in the mid 1990s. Recognised for his innovative approach to portraiture, which merges a personal narrative in the form of a visual diary with explorations of the modern social image, he introduced a painting style that was without precedent in Syria.
Since 2006, Takreti is based in Paris and has exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. His works are housed in the Syrian National Museum, the Jordanian National Gallery of Fine Arts, and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, among other private and public collections. They have furthermore been featured at biennials and art fairs such as the Alexandria Biennale and Art Hong Kong. In 2012, Takreti was named among the top 101 greatest living artists in France by Art Absolument.