Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1980, Ilya Gefter grew up in Canada and began to study Philosophy at York University, Toronto, but shortly after beginning he was awarded a full tuition scholarship by the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA. After graduating with highest honours he continued his studies in Italy and Israel, where he currently lives and works.
Gefter’s work stems from a long tradition of classical art. His still lives, portraits and landscapes in oils and ink, draw from antiquity but deal with the present; or rather, with Time itself, in search of the ever-elusive balance between the unrepeatable experience of a moment and the timeless beauty of the visual ideal.
At his young age, Gefter already exhibited a number of solo exhibitions, was honoured with prestigious awards and his works can be found in public and private collections worldwide.