concept designer & illustrator

Originally from Afghanistan Abe Taraky is now based in the United States. He is an award winning concept designer and illustrator who is presently employed at Sony Santa Monica Studio.

With a background in animation, he pursued his passion for concept art and began his gaming career in 2008, where he worked as a developer on a number of indie titles on PC. After a succession of well reviewed releases, Abe joined Gameloft as a lead concept artist in 2012, to further work on a number of unique titles. His contributions afterwards took him on an migration across projects in the film, game, animation and advertising industries which involved working at studios such as Activision Beenox, Warner Brothers Montreal and Luma Pictures. All the while he explored a wide range of mediums, themes and styles in both his studio and freelance work.

This expansive portfolio eventually led him to Los Angeles in 2015, to work on films like Captain America Civil War, Dr.Strange and Deadpool. In 2016, he shifted back into games with his move to Sony Santa Monica Studio as a senior concept artist on God of War (2018).

He followed the successful completion of the title by joining the Amazon Gaming Studios team where he became a lead concept artist in order to help build a strong art department on a variety of titles. In addition to his professional success, his passion for fine art has allowed his work to be exhibited on many prestigious galleries throughout Canada and the United States. In 2018, his first solo exhibition title Vagabond opened at the IArt Gallery in Canada.

In 2018, the decision to rejoin the Sony Santa Monica Studio team as a senior concept artist led him to once again contribute on top tier franchises and continue to push the limits of the medium both visually and through storytelling. He is always on the lookout for inventive ideas, building new working relationships, and creating exciting and original content.