Ricardo Mbarkho (25 January 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon), is a prominent Lebanese contemporary artist.Ricardo Mbarkho's work stems from the vibrant scene of today's global digital art practices. Mbarkho divulges alternative readings to issues pertaining to his local cultural and sociopolitical environments, where the latter's significance and information are embodied and channeled through the artist's own flux.In his digital images as well as in his time-based work, he investigates multiple questions related to language, communication, cultural industries, history of art as well as the visual representation within the sociopolitical sphere. Mbarkho's digital images are made from texts. The artist uses the computer as a tool to mutate texts into images; the text's binary codes, those simple digits that computers use to stock information, are transposed into a unique corresponding visual. By this creative process, the shapes and colors of Ricardo Mbarkho's art are constantly unveiling new facets of the initial texts. These can be pre-existing sentences chosen by Mbarkho; or these could be tailored by the artist to feed the concept and process leading to his final artwork.His work is presented in several festivals and exhibitions throughout the world.Ricardo Mbarkho received his art diplomas from École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts and École supérieure d'études cinématographiques, Paris, and from Institut supérieur des beaux-arts, Beirut. He also completed an exchange study program at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.He lives and works in Beirut, where he is currently teaching art at the Académie libanaise des beaux-arts - University of Balamand.