Belu-Simion Fainaru emigrated to Israel in 1973: currently he lives and works both in Haifa (Israel) and Antwerp. His work is profoundly influenced by his emigration. As an artist and curator he broaches political and social issues such that his work examines the Jewish-Romanian cultural history, the Hebrew language, and philosophical and mystical questions concerning identity and territory. In this, Fainaru plays off contrasts one against the other, such as past and present, sacred and secular, or body and soul. In expressive terms his ideas are interpreted through sculptures and installations as well as videos.
year and place of birth: 1959, Bucharest, Romania
whereabouts: Haifa, Israel and Antwerp, Belgium