An exhibition of B&H artist Tarik Berber, called BeBop Diaries on WoodBoard London 2016, was open in the Embassy of B&H in London on Friday 13 May. The author presented twelve paintings, mostly portraits, the technique of oil paints (which he made from pigments) to woodboard (a type of plywood). These portraits are part of continuing the current creative cycle, and in the words of the author "BeBop is a kind of jazz music, and when using the magic word, it means we are in a world of improvisation .. at the same time as the diaries, so that both terms describe freedom of expression, and everything else that goes with it ... "

Berber had an exhibition in ArtMoorHouse Gallery in London, in cooperation with the Albemarle Gallery in London in December last year. Tarik is best known to our public by his surname, which puts him in the context of the family of artists from which he originates. Great influence on his painting had his uncle Mersad, the famous B&H painter, and Tarik's father, a prominent architect, designer and artist, Omer. Tarik was born in Banja Luka in 1980. He continued his studies in Italy, Bolzano to Florence to attend the Accademia delle Belle Arti. Italy is definitely a place where this artist has developed his talent and got the first awards for his work.

As the review of Tarik's art, Terence Rodrigues, art critic and editor of The Fine Arts Journal, formerly a lecturer at Oxford, said: "Tarik Berber is a very unique and outstanding artist of our time and beyond: his style is both modern but evokes other times. He has created his own unique style, and we can say and the world, which sets it apart from any other contemporary artists. Tarik combines a deep sensitivity to the understanding of art history, which nowadays is very unusual for artists: his knowledge and interests range from classical Greek and Roman art to Renaissance and contemporary art. Artists are often the archetypal lost in a solipsistic world: Tarik on the contrary, very conscious of the world around us - from the airy beauty of the Renaissance and the cataclysm that swept his hometown to thorny reality of north-east London where he now lives ...

His combination of talent springs from the peculiarities of his family, his cultural milieu, as well as education - accidental circumstances were with him had the same importance as the geopolitical, ethnic and religious specificities of the place it comes from his family.Tarik comes from a highly educated family in Banja Luka , multi-layered city, the Roman, Slavic, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian origins ...

... The years spent in Florence were the most likely to affect the formation of Tarik aesthetics and style. Lately, his life is divided between the family home in Bolzano, then his family apartment in Zadar - sunny beautiful Romanesque / Renaissance city on the Croatian coast, where he has his own studio - and the north-east London, which was once considered insignificant place, and today represents a revived neighborhood, home to young creative people and art studios".

Tarik started to receive an important recognition at his early age. Before his 21st year he has exhibited in Italy, Empoli and Mugello, and he has had many successful exhibitions throughout Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the UK, for which he received positive reviews.  Since 2013 he lives and works in London, and during this time hosted four exhibitions in this city. Author of two "hand-drawn" animation that attracted the attention of the BBC and Inside Art, a few months ago he finished the illustrations for the book of poems Rod-and-a Stern. 

The exhibition of Tarik Berber will be available to the public for seven days.  Cultural diplomacy is very important for Bosnia and Herzegovina, "soft power" in diplomacy is increasingly mentioned topic. Embassy monitors and supports the success and recognition of artists and cultural workers from our country in the UK, and we plan to continue to promote their talent and successful projects in the premises of the Embassy.