Ghenadie Sontu

Ghenadie Sontu graduated from the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts of Moldova in 2005, where he focused his studies in the “alla prima” methods and practices of traditional and contemporary realism style. Since his graduation, Ghenadie has been a full-time artist and has exhibited his works across the world. While known primarily for his mastery in portrait and still life painting, he is accomplished in figurative and landscape painting as well. 

Ghenadie works and lives in Haifa and is a member of the Israel Painters and Sculptors Association. 

Born: December 16, 1979, Republic of Moldova


2011 – 2013. DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., USA

1999 - 2005. Academy of Theater, Music and Fine Arts, Faculty of Painting, Chisinau, Moldova

2001 - 2003. Invisible College of Moldova, Laboratory of Philosophy, Anthropology and Culturology

1992 - 1999. Republican Art Lyceum “I. Vieru”, Chisinau, Moldova

Personal Exhibitions:

2018. “Beit Galim 9” Open House Festival, in Bat Galim, Haifa, Israel

2015. "Chisinau Treasures", StarNet Comercial Centers, Chisinau Moldova

2015. "Moldova Art", Art Gallery of Grand Hall Comercial Center, Chisinau Moldova

2014. "Chisinau Stories", Artium Gallery, Leogrand Hotel & Convention Center, Chisinau, Moldova

2014. "Smart" Artium Gallery, Chisinau Moldova

2014. "Moldova Alla Prima", World Bank Office, Chisinau Moldova

2013. “Golden Chisinau”, Atrium Business Center, Chisinau, Moldova

2012. “Stories” IDIS VIITORUL, Think Thank Moldova

2011. “Old Chisinau”, Hasdeu Municipal Public Library, Chisinau, Moldova

2011. “Images of Chisinau” Swiss Cooperation Office Moldova

2006. “Dor le Dor”, OSCE Mission to Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova

2005. “Identity”, UNDP Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova

2003. “Syndrom Dor”, French Alliance, Chisinau, Moldova

2000. „DOR”, Art Section of the National Library, Chisinau, Moldova

Colective Exhibitions:

2019. “Magic of the Painting”, Jerusalem House of Quality, Skizza Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

2019. “The Music of Painting”, Skizza Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

2019. “Winter”, Skizza Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

2018. "Guest", Hannukah Anual Exhibition of the Israeli Painters and Sculptors Association Haifa and North, Haifa, Israel

2018. "Following the book I have read", Exhibition of the Israeli Painters and Sculptors Association Haifa and North, Haifa, Israel

2018. Annual Exhibition of the Israeli Painters and Sculptors Association Haifa and North, Haifa, Israel

2016. Fine Art Trade Guild's Art & Framing convention in Stratford Upon Avon, London, UK


2011. Winner of Cultural Diplomacy Residency Program in Art Management, ICR London, UK

2008. Winner of Competition of Art-Expo, International Exhibition Centre “Moldexpo”, Chisinau, Moldova

2005. Scholarship, Felix Meritis Foundation, Netherlands

2002. Scholar of Merit of Soros Foundation, the Second degree, Moldova

2002. I award, Arts Contest “Roberto Matta“, Latin Union, 3rd Edition, Paris, France

Professional experience:

2017. Member of the the Israel Painters and Sculptors Association

2013. – 2015, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme

2012. – present, National Expert at Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

2013. – Consultant for the Report „Evaluation of the efficiency and transparency of public finances administration in the field of culture”, Expert-Grup Think-Thank, Soros Foundation Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova 

2012. Cultural Diplomacy - training program for EaP culture managers, Warsaw, Poland

2012. Manager of Tandem Projects in Palanca, Eclectic Line and Symbiosis, Casa Parinteasca, Chisinau, Brussel, Riga, Berlin, ECF, Mit Ost, Culture in Action, Soros Moldova

2002. present, President, ARS DOR Association

2011. Expert, Eastern Partnership Index, IDIS Viitorul, Moldova

2010. - 2014, Project Director, Discovering New Talents”, ARS DOR, Moldova-USA

2009. - 2015, Member of "A Soul for Europe" Strategy Group, The Berlin Conference Project, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany

2007. Expert, Kiev Initiative Program, Council of Europe, Strasburg, France

2007. - 2009, Member of the Board of the Centre of Training and Professional Development, JOINT, KEDEM, Moldova

2003. President, Youth Parliament of Moldova, USA Embassy, UNICEF, CNTM, Moldova