Tawfik Tarek was born in Damascus in 1875, and died in 1940. He studied painting and architecture in Paris, and was among the first to create the Syrian art movement. He taught art, and served as an advisor for the Ministry of Awqaf, in which capacity he oversaw the restoration of several old minarets. He had considerable achievements in restoring some of the most important monuments of Damascus. Tariq founded the Fine Arts Club in Sarouja, Damascus; which was one of the first spaces dedicated to art in Damascus. His paintings depicted scenes from daily life, nature, and old Damascus neighbourhoods; using a classical, realistic style. He also participated in the first exhibition of art in Damascus in 1926.