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Born in St. Petersburg, Russia 1980
Lived and studied in Canada and the USA 1994-2003
Lives and works in Israel since 2004
Founder and Director of the “Visual Art Center” in Tel Aviv 2015

 

Education:

1999 - 2003    Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, USA. BFA 
2001    Studio Art Centers International; Florence, Italy
1999    York University; Toronto, Canada

Solo Exhibitions:

2017    “Architecture of Light” Stone Tower Gallery, Glen Echo, MD, USA
2015    “The City: Paintings and Ink Washes” 
Rothschild Fine Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2014    “Works on Paper” Charlotte Hale & Associates, Toronto, Canada
2014    “Residence Permit” Savina Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2013    “Paintings” Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (two-person show)
2013    “Lights” Bernard Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2011    "Spaces and Figures" Julie M Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008    “Ilya Gefter: Paintings” Golconda Fine Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2007    “In Contrast” Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, Canada (two-person show)
2006    “Old World New World” Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, Canada (two-person show)
2002    “Works on Paper” Maryland Institute; Baltimore, USA
2002    “A Year in Italy” Veni Vidi Gallery; Port Perry, Canada
2001    “Encore” Veni Vidi Gallery; Port Perry, Canada
2000    “Works Thus Far” Veni Vidi Gallery; Port Perry, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2020    Landscapes, Portrait, Still Life; Mormon University, Jerusalem, Israel  
2012    Annual Winter Exhibition; Julie M Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2012    Summer Exhibition; Julie M Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2012    Landscapes and Color; Julie M Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2011    New Acquisitions; Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven, USA
2007    Presences; Painters and Sculptors Association, Tel Aviv, Israel
2007, 2004    Krasota; Magic Door Gallery; Sunderland, Canada
2005    Had Gadya; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel


Selected Grants and Awards:

2012    Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant 
2007    Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, E. Greenshields Foundation, Canada
2003    Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, E. Greenshields Foundation, Canada
2003    John Hirsch Scholarship for the Arts; JIAS Canada
2001    John Hirsch Scholarship for the Arts; JIAS Canada
1999    John Hirsch Scholarship for the Arts; JIAS Canada
1999    David Jacobs Full Tuition Scholarship; Maryland Institute, College of Art, USA
1999    Academic Excellence Scholarship; Maryland Institute, College of Art, USA

Teaching Positions:

 

2015 - Present   Visual Art Center, Tel Aviv, Founder, Director, Head Instructor
2007 – ‘15    Ha-Tahana School for Figurative Art, Tel Aviv, Israel. Instructor
2012 - ‘15    Sadnaot Omaney Ha-Kibbutz, Tel Aviv, Israel. Instructor
2010    Durham College, Oshawa, Canada. Adjunct Faculty
2004 - ‘09    Jerusalem Studio School, Jerusalem, Israel. Instructor

Curatorial Work:

2018    “E.M. Saniga: Color of Time” Rothschild Fine Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Published Writings: 

2019    “What to look at the Fresh Paint Art Fair.” Haaretz Newspaper. Galleria May 25, 2019: Print.
2019    “Who said that artists know better than taxi drivers?” Haaretz Newspaper. Galleria April 25, 2019: Page 6. Print.

Selected Collections:
 

Yale University, New Haven CT, USA
Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA
Museum Casa Ibanez, Olula, Andalusia, Spain
Dubi Shiff Collection, Leonardo Art Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Ofer Levin Foundation Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel
Yuval Noah Harari Collection, Israel
Heintzman House, Thornhill, Canada

Selected Bibliography:


Ofrat, Gideon. “Beyond the Horizon. The Levin Collection, Selected Works” 2017
Gore, Leia. “Spaces and Figures”. Spaces and Figures Exhibition Catalog, 2011
Lurie, Aya. “Ilya Gefter” Ilya Gefter: Paintings Exhibition Catalog, 2008
Burstein, Dror. “To transcend the formal issues.” Presences, 2006 

Reviews:


Hoffman, Carl. “ Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man” The Jerusalem Post May 3 2013: Metro 10-11 
“Painting in Moonlight” Pnai Plus volume 1105 21.10.10. April 18, 2013: pg 62 
Svetlana Krasnova, “Mysterious Light of Ilya Gefter” Vesti April 11, 2013 
Haaretz. April 26, 2013 The Guide 
Haaretz. April 19, 2013 The Guide 
Haaretz. April 14, 2013 The Guide page 20
Haaretz. April 18, 2013 Galleria. 
Haaretz. May 20, 2013 Galleria. 
Vaughan, R.M. “Ilya Gefter at Julie M Gallery.” The Globe and Mail, July 30, 2011: R8