Born in Saint Chamond, France, in 1959, Tatah studied art in Saint-Étienne in 1981. His distinctive style is due in part to his adoption of the painstaking method of wax painting. A process with ancient pedigree, wax painting involves applying the molten medium in various colors to a surface in order to “burn in” pigment. Tatah’s distinctive aesthetic blends this ancient technique with the modern, as he employs digital technology to realize his works. Using friends and family as models, Tatah photographs his subjects and then projects the image onto his monumental canvases. The artist’s dedication to a complex process certainly pays off; his colors are simultaneously luminescent and muted, a quality which lends the works, which are formally simple, subtlety and nuance.