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Ilya Gefter was born in St. Petersburg , Russia in 1980, and lives in Canada since 1995. Ilya obtained his BFA with highest honors at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore , USA , where he was awarded a full tuition scholarship.

In 2001, Ilya studied at the Studio Art Centres International in Florence on a John Hirsh Scholarship for the Arts . He resided in Florence and traveled across Italy to study and copy the paintings and frescos of the Italian Renaissance. In 2003 Ilya was honoured with a Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant , which enabled him to travel to Italy for the second time and to study under Israel Hershberg at the International School of Art in Montecastello. In addition to his training in the visual arts, Ilya studied philosophy at York University in Toronto , Ontario .

Ilya was honoured with numerous awards that include the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant , David Jacobs Scholarship , Academic Excellence Scholarship, John Hirsch Scholarship for the Arts, Art Gallery of Ontario Volunteer Committee Bursary Award , and a York University Entrance Scholarship.

As a part of his five solo and over 20 group exhibitions, Ilya's work has appeared in the Greater Toronto Area, Uxbridge, Port Perry, as well as in Baltimore , Maryland , in Jerusalem , Israel and in St. Petersburg , Russia . His pieces can be found in public and private collections in Canada , USA , Italy , Israel , Russia , and New Zealand .


Born 1980, St. Petersburg
Lives and Works in Jerusalem


1999-2003       Maryland Institute, College of Art; Baltimore, USA. BFA Summa cum Laude
2004    Jerusalem Studio School; Jerusalem, Israel
2003    International School or Art; Montecastello, Italy
2001    Studio Art Centers International; Florence, Italy
1999    York University; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Solo Exibitions

2006 “Old World, New World”, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, Canada(two-person Exhibitions)
2002 “Works on Paper”, Maryland Institute; Baltimore, USA
2002 “A Year in Italy”, Veni Vidi Gallery; Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
2001 “Encore”, Veni Vidi Gallery; Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
2000 “Works Thus Far”, Veni Vidi Gallery; Port Perry, Ontario, Canada

Selected Group Exibitions

2007  Presences, Painters and Sculptors Association, Tel Aviv, Israel
2005  Had Gadya, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2004  Unusual Suspects, Gallery One; Toronto, Ontario
2004  Group Show, XEXE Gallery; Toronto, Ontario
2003  The Contemporary Landscape/Cityscape, Sheppard Art Gallery; Ellicott City, USA


2004/05 Jerusalem Studio School , Jerusalem , Israel . Continuing Studies

Instructor Ginogli Center for the Arts, Jerusalem , Israel

2004 Magic Door Gallery; Sunderland , Ontario . Oil Painting Seminar


2007 Gems on Paper, Jerusalem Studio School, Jerusalem, Israel
2006 The Origins of Portraiture; Tahana School for Figurative Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2006 The Origins of Portraiture; Jerusalem Studio School, Jerusalem, Israel
2005Ancient Egyptian Portraiture; Jerusalem Studio School, Jerusalem, Israel
2003 Greek Painting; International School of Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy

Selected Grants And Awards

2003  Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, E. Greenshields Foundation, Canada
2003,  01,99 John Hirsch Scholarship for the Arts; JIAS Canada
2000,  99 YTV Achievement Awards Finalist; YTV Canada
2000  Juror's Award of Merit; Annual York Region Juried Exhibition
1999  David Jacobs Full Tuition Scholarship; Maryland Institute, College of Art
1999  Academic Excellence Scholarship; Maryland Institute, College of Art


Public Collections

Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada; Toronto, Ontario
Heintzman House; Markham, Ontario


Private Collections

Israel, USA, Canada, Italy, Russia, New Zealand