Belu-Simion Fainaru (born 1959 in Bucharest, Romania) lives and works in Haifa, Israel and Antwerp, 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. He is a professor at the Department of Architecture at the WIZO Academy, Haifa, Israel since 1984 and guest lecturer at universities in Belgium and Japan.


Fainaru is founder and, since 2010, director and curator of the Mediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art, Israel.

In 2015 he founded AMOCA - the Arab Museum Of Contemporary Art in Sakhnin, the first type of its kind in Israel, based on communities who live in conflict, promoting co-existence between Arab and Jewish communities, opening gates for art that is inclusive and collaborative.


Previous solo exhibitions include „The Fullness of the Void“, Galerie Plan B, Berlin (2015), „Nothingness - The Poetics of Void“, Plan B Cluj (2012), „Everything is going to be alright“, Brukental Museum, Sibiu (2010), „Jewish Kitchen“, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya (2003), „Out of Place“, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp (2001), „Belongs Nowhere and to Another Time“, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama (2001), „Bait“, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg (1998), „Connection to Aleph“, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1997/1998), Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo (1994), „Presentation of the Bride“, Kunstverein Arnsberg (1994), „The Heart Needs More Room to Breathe“, Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art (1992), „Mondwasser“, Galerie Hubertus Wunschik, Düsseldorf (1992), „The Heart Needs More Room to Breathe“, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent (1990), „Tzad Mizrah“, Musée d’Art Moderne, Brüssel (1989), „The Unity of a Broken Wing“, I.C.C. International Culture Center, Antwerp (1987), „Blue Garden for Sun Lovers“, Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel (1986).


Previous group exhibitions include: Art Basel (2018), „the sky is blue“ [2. deutsch-israelische Kulturtage Mecklenburg-Vorpommern], de DROM galerie, Kröpelin (2016), „The Sea – Salut d’honneur Jan Hoet", Mu.ZEE, Oostende (2014), „The Second Mediterranean Biennale“, Sakhnin (2013), „connected – 1. deutsch-israelische Kulturtage Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“, de DROM, Kröpelin (2012), „The First Haifa Mediterranean Biennale“, Haifa (2010), „connected“, Altes Museum / Kunst c/o Mönchengladbach (2007), „more or less in the same place or another“, Galeria Plan B, Cluj (2007), „9th Biennale in Havana“ (2006), „Spielräume“, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2005), „Gelijk het leven is“, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2003), „2nd International Triennial of Installation Art“, Museum of Art, Haifa (2003), „M_ARS - Art and War“, Neue Galerie Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz (2003), „Art On The Line“, Haifa City Museum, Haifa (2002), „You are the others“, Kunstmuseum Herford (2001), „Locus Focus“ - Sonsbeek 9, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem (2001), „Continental Shift“, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2000), „Over The Edges“, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2000), „Vision of light“, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1999), „Object, Sacre, Ritual“, Museum of Art, Nashville/USA (1997), „INBETWEEN“, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Porzellanmanufaktur Georgenthal, Gotha (1995), „Über-Leben“, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (1993), „INBETWEEN“, The 45th Venice Biennale (1993), „Antypathos“, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1993), „Fluxus Virus“, Kaufhof-Parkhaus, Köln; Kölnischer Kunstverein u.a. (1992), “documenta IX“, Kassel (1992), „Makom“, The National Museum of Art, Seoul (1992), „Inside-Outside: An Aspect of Contemporary Sculpture“, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (MUHKA), Antwerp (1987).


Belu-Simion Fainaru‘s works are included in public collections such as: 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 include: Minister of Culture Prize for Visual Art, Israel (2014), Ianculovici Cultural Prize, Romania (2006), Museum of Haifa Art Prize (2000), Jaffin Prize, American-Israel Culture Foundation, Tel Aviv (1998), Art Award, Klein Plastik, Hilden (1994), City of Haifa Young Artist Prize, City of Haifa, Haifa Art Foundation (1994), Nachum Gutman Prize, Israel (1994), First Prize Sculpture Competition, Levi and Fortuna Askenazi Sculpture Garden, Tel-Aviv University (1992).