Florin Ion Firimita: Visual Artist, Teacher, Author and Filmmaker

Last Updated Jul 2010


Florin Ion Firimita is a visual artist, teacher, author and filmmaker 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 the age of six. His interest in drawing and painting started around the same time, under the influence of his mother, an art teacher and a fashion designer.

He is currently an adjunct professor of art at Naugatuck Valley Community College and an art teacher at Pomperaug High School. His exhibit, “The Future is the Past is the Present,” was recently on display in the Ruth Ann Leever Atrium at the College. Between 1988 and 1990, he was the manager of the painting department of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Bucharest, Romania, and also as a costume and set painter.

In 1990, he immigrated to the United States, where he continued his education at Naugatuck Valley Community College and at Central Connecticut State University. Today he teaches, paints, exhibits, lectures and writes art criticism, essays and short stories. In the spring of 2001, he was appointed the art advisor for the state of Connecticut’s International Art Exchange Program, in Port-of-Spain, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Recently, his fiction and essays have appeared in France, Great Britain and the U.S. in House Beautiful, The Sun, and the Hartford Courant. His story, “Birds,” was included in the 2002 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. “The Art of Leaving,” a film about Florin’s art and life, was released in 2003. The film was the ocial selection of seven international film festivals including Santa Fe, Durango, New York , Chicago and Montreal ’s 23rd Festival International du Film Sur L’Art.

His work can be found in many private and public collections in Europe, Australia and the United States. Between 1991 and 2008, he has participated in over 200 solo and group exhibits in the United States. He currently teaches art at Pomperaug High School and is an adjunct professor of art at the College.

“When I came to the United States from Romania in 1990, friends recommended the College as a great place to begin my education,” Florin said. “Everyone at the College welcomed me immediately and I was fortunate to have extraordinary, dedicated professors and mentors. I liked the pulse of the College, the learning environment, the trips, the plays, concerts and the people.”

He graduated magna cum laude from the College with an Associate of Arts in fine arts and transferred to Central Connecticut State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in art education in 1997 and a Master of Arts in art education in 2005.

“Several years after leaving behind a surreal existence highlighted by fear, I finally started this excursion into regaining my past,” Florin said. “My paintings are about time, about hope and loss, speed and slowness, about ever-present absences, about the benefits of solitude.”