FLORIN ION FIRIMIŢÃ is an American visual artist, educator, filmmaker, and novelist who traces his interest in art back to his father’s modest amateur photo lab, in Bucharest, Romania, where he was entrusted with mixing chemicals, developing film, and printing black-and-white photos at a very early age. His interest in drawing and painting started around the same time, under the influence of his mother, an art teacher and a fashion designer.
In 1990, he immigrated to the United States. Today he teaches, exhibits, lectures, and writes art-criticism, essays, and short stories.
Lately, his work has appeared in France, Great Britain, and in the U.S. The Art of Leaving a film about Florin’s art and life was released in 2003. The film was the official selection of seven international film festival such as Santa Fe, Durango, New York, Chicago, and also Montreal’s 23rd Festival International du Film Sur L’Art. His first novel, Reliquary is scheduled to be published in 2017.
His work could be found in many private and public collections in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Between 1990 and 2016 he has participated in over 400 solo and group exhibits. In 2010, 2012 and 2013, he was awarded three national gold medals for teaching and mentoring. He divides his time between rural Connecticut, New York and Paris.
He is currently represented by the GADCOLLECTION Gallery in Paris.