Tarkay was born in 1935 in subotica on the Yugoslav Hungarian border, as a nine -year-old boy Tarkay and his family were sent to mathausen Nazi concentration camp. A year later the war was over and he returned home to subotica, where he developed an interest in art. During his time at school he won a prize for excellence in painting. Then in 1949 he is family migrated to Israel and were sent to a transit camp the new arrivals at Beer is Ya'akov. The next two years was spent in kibbutz.
Tarkay received a scholarship to the bezalel art academy in Jerusalem in 1951, a year later Tarkay had to leave the academy due to difficult financial circumstances at home, however he did not lose his scholarship as he was allowed to study under the artist Schwartzman until his transition to the Israeli army. After returning to Tel Aviv, Tarkay enrolled in the avni the Institute of art where he graduated in 1956 during his time Avni he learned a great deal, as many of his teachers were famous artists of the time including Makady, Janko, Schtreichman & Stematsky.
It is clear that his work is inspired by French impressionism and post Impressionism, in particular the way Matisse used colour, on the drawing styles of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Not only is Tarkay a great painter and watercolourist he is also a master graphic artists and through the use of serigraphs is rich tapestry of born in colour is achieved by laying many colours over one another to create texture and transparency.
Tarkay has since exhibited extensively both in Israel and abroad and his work can be found in many public and private collections. He is also considered one of the most influential artists of the early 21st century.