Born 1959 in Romania, Belu-Simion Făinaru lives and works in Haifa, Israel and Antwerpen, Belgium.
He holds a B.A. degree in Art and Philosophy from Haifa University and a M.F.A. in Art and Design from University of Chicago, USA. Further studies include Domus Academy, Milan, Italy and the Bruxelles Royal Academy of Art, Belgium.
Făinaru‘s works were exhibited at the 1992 Documenta in Kassel, the 1993 Venice Biennale, the Sonsbeek Biennale in Holland and the 2006 Biennale in Havana, Cuba.
Previous solo exhibitions include Israel Museum in Jerusalem, S.M.A.K. Museum in Ghent, M HKA in Antwerpen, Lehmbruck Museum in Germany and Saitama Museum in Japan.
He is a guest lecturer at universities in Belgium and Japan, and has been teaching in the Department of Architecture at the Wizo Academy, Haifa, Israel since 1984.
Since 2010, Belu-Simion Făinaru has been the artistic director and curator of the Mediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art, Israel.

Solo exhibitions (selection):

– The Fullness of the Void, Plan B Berlin

– Nothingness – The Poetics of Void, Plan B Cluj
– Everything is going to be alright, Brukental Museum, Sibiu

– Jewish Kitchen, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya

– Out of Place, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp
– Belongs Nowhere and to Another Time, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

– Bait, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg

– Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo
– Presentation of the Bride, Kunstverein Arnsberg

– The Heart Needs More Room to Breathe, Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art
– Mondwasser, Galerie Hubertus Wunschik, Düsseldorf

– The Heart Needs More Room to Breathe, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent

– Tzad Mizrah, Musée d’Art Moderne, Brüsselles

– The Unity of a Broken Wing, I.C.C. International Culture Center, Antwerp

– Blue Garden for Sun Lovers, Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel

Group exhibitions (selection):

– The Sea – Salut D’honneur Jan Hoet, Mu.ZEE, Oostende

– The Second Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin

– connected – 1. deutsch-israelische Kulturtage Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kröpelin

– The First Haifa Mediterranean Biennale, Haifa

– connected, Altes Museum / Kunst c/o Mönchengladbach – more or less in the same place or another, Plan B Cluj

– 9th Biennale in Havana

– Spielräume, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

– Gelijk het leven is, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
– 2nd International Triennial of Installation Art, Museum of Art, Haifa
– M_ARS – Art and War, Neue Galerie Graz – Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz

– Art On The Line, Haifa City Museum, Haifa

– You are the others, Kunstmuseum Herford
– Locus Focus, Sonsbeek 9, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem

– Continental Shift, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
– Over The Edges, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent

– Vision of light, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

– Object, Sacre, Ritual, Museum of Art, Nashville/USA

– INBETWEEN, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Porzellanmanufaktur Georgenthal, Gotha

– Über-Leben, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
– INBETWEEN, The 45th Venice Biennale
– Antypathos, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

– Fluxus Virus, Kaufhof-Parkhaus, Köln; Kölnischer Kunstverein u.a.
– documenta IX, Kassel
– Makom, The National Museum of Art, Seoul

– Inside-Outside: An Aspect of Contemporary Sculpture, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (MUHKA), Antwerp

Works in public collections: S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; Haifa Museum, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg.

Art prizes:
2014 – Minister of Culture Prize for Visual Art, Israel
2006 – Ianculovici Cultural Prize, Romania
2000 – Museum of Haifa Art Prize
1998 – Jaffin Prize, American-Israel Culture Foundation, Tel Aviv
1994 – Art Award, Klein Plastik, Hilden
1994 – City of Haifa Young Artist Prize, City of Haifa, Haifa Art Foundation
1994 – Nachum Gutman Prize, Israel
1992 – First Prize Sculpture Competition, Levi and Fortuna Askenazi Sculpture Garden, Tel-Aviv University (1992).