ATAK was Born 1967 in Berlin (East Germany) – and of course he had a real name then: Georg Barber. He graduated from Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste (College of Arts) and was discovered when Swiss based magazine Strapazin first published some of his works in 1993. Since then he has been a featured artist in a number of exhibitions and magazines, published quite a few books and started teaching as a professor for illustration in Halle in 2008. ATAK is most famous for his countless quotations of modern pop culture and frequently pays homage to the classics. And by this we don’t mean just Goethe. His adaption of the classic German kid’s book „Struwelpeter“ is a great example – and I’m sure, I’m not the only one who has been terrorized with the educational value of this publication in the 70s.
Much funnier: King Kong is also on his list His latest work, released by Carlsen, is an adaption of Mark Twain’s last literary work, „The mysterious Stranger“ (1890-1910). The outcome is „...a most magnificent picture book ..., that shows the times of the Dark Ages in it’s diversity without being just „dark“...“. The fact that ATAK, usually published at REPRODUKT, is getting more attntion from bigger and more conventional German publishing houses, tells ist own tale. As an artist he won’t stop at anything: graffiti, comics, posters, illustrations, toys or The Arts. His images are expressive with a punch, very detailed and quite memorable. You don’t have to like them, but if you do, you will find an inexhaustible source of inspiration and fascinating layers of meaning to dive into. Like most of his colleagues ATAK makes a living as graphic designer and professional illustrator.