Exhibitions, performances & media:


  december 2014 - Anti family violence campain: Photo exhibition in the main square
                 of Chisinau, by the “Stefan the Great” statue. Chisinau, Moldova

  november 2014 - premiere of the film “Romanians in Timoc”, by Octavian Balea, accompanied
                 by the photography exhibition with the same name, in the foyer & grand hall
                 of the Military Academy in Bucharest, Romania

  july 2014 - 10 days documentary photographing financed by the Romanian Cultural Institute
                 on the life and customs of the romanian minority in the Timoc Valley, in Serbia

  july 2014 - “Little Wind Stories” - performance on the text and images by Octavian Balea
                 and music by Sergio Castrillon. Performed live at “f64”, in Bucharest, Romania
june 2014 - “Recollection” - live painting performance & photography by Octavian Balea
                 ,music by
Matei Gheorghiu and paintings by Elina Nissinen.

                 Performed live in the Balder Hall, in Helsinki, Finland
may 2014 - “Little Memory Stories” - performance on the text and images by Octavian Balea
                 and music by
Matei Gheorghiu. Performed live in the grand hall of the
                 Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland
april 2014 - Co-organiser of the “Save the schools from Transnistria” solidarity campain
                 with the romanian language schools in Transnistria and against 
                 the human rights violation in the frozen conflict area.
march 2014 - “Blue Clarinet Day”, live painting performance on jazz improvisations by
                 Alex Simu. Performed live at The Splendor Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  august 2013 - Personal photography exhibition in “Laterna Magica” (Rauhankatu 7, Helsinki)
  july 2013 - Personal photography exhibition in the Hanko city library
  june 2013 - Personal photography exhibition in the Eeva Pinoma Art Gallery 
                (Ratimiehenkatu 2, Helsinki)

  april 2013 - TV appearences in romanian national TV stations in talk shows about the 
                transnistrean conflict. (Antena 3, Digi 24, N24+, Nasu TV, Trinitas TV)

  april 2013 - Photographer and co-author of “Transnistria, the Jail of Romanian Language” 
                together with Dan Gheorghe, published by epublio www.transnistria.epublio.com

  february 2013 - Published portfolio in the photography magazine “Foto4all”
november 2012 - Photographer and co-author of “Storybok Helsinki and Beyond” together with
                Cody Oreck, published by W.S.O.Y. www.storybokhelsinki.com

  april 2012 - “Little Color Stories” - live performance - Joensuu Art Museum - Joensuu, Finland
  march 2012 - “Flexi Insecurity Redux” - personal photographic exhibition during the 
                Helsinki Photography Biennial - The Finnish Museum of Photography - Helsinki, Finland

  march 2012 - “Little Color Stories” & “Andalucia - P.S.P.E.i.l.H.” - live performances
                The Finnish Museum of Photographic art - Helsinki, Finland

  march 2012 - cover image & 10 page portfolio in the romanian 
                photography magazine “Foto Video” (85k mounthly isues)

  february 2012 - Personal photography exhibition in the Finnish Museum of Photographic art
september 2011- participating in the group exhibition 
                “Looking Good Finland” - Suvilahti - Helsinki, Finland

  june 2011 - “Tagentbilder” - live performance - Oslo, Norway ; Turku, Finland ; Pori, Finland
  june 2011 - Interview in “Academia Catavencu” - Romania
  may 2011 - Photography exhibition “Little Wind Stories” - The Reykjavik City Hall - Iceland
  jan - may 2011 - participated in the exhibition tour “Flexi Insecurity” -  Prague, Ostrava, Berlin, 
               Frankfurt, Dijon, Bruxelles, Washaw 

  march 2011 - Interview on KSL Radio: 100,3 Mhz, Helsinki, Finland
  february 2011 - Interview in “Romania Libera” - Romania
  january 2011 - Cover image & photography essay in “The Situation of Labor Migrants in times
               of Economic Crisis” - Prague - ISBN 978-80-904808-0-3

  december 2010 - Personal Painting & Photography exhibition on the inauguration of the
               “Barbu Stirbey” Cultural center - Calarasi, Romania

  june 2010 - 63sqm stage paintings for the “Iris” rock concert - Helsinki, Finland
  june 2010 - “They are Us” - Photography Exhibition in the 
               “Muz 13” Art Museum, in Szczecin, Poland

  april 2010 - Official project participation selection by the multicultural center in Prague
  february 2010 - Presentation in “Antena 3” news chanel - Romania
  january 2010 - Interview in “Romania Libera” - Romania
january 2010 - 26 minutes interview on the Romanian National TV station
  january 2009 - Photography Exhibition “Helsinki of War & Peace” 
             - Kiseleffin Talo, Helsinki, Finland

  july 2008 - Photography Exhibition “Angel & Puppet” - music hall - Isafjordur, Iceland
  june 2006 - Painting Exhibition “My creatures & my dreams” - Altholzwerkstadt - Weimar, Germany


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Born: 11.10.1984

               1995-1999: Nicolae Tonitza Fine Arts Gymnasium
               1999-2003: Nicolae Tonitza Fine Arts Highschool
               2003-2005: National University of Fine Arts,

               2005-2007: Bauhaus University, Weimar



 Work experience:


  oct.2014 - present: Contributor as a photojournalist
                    for the Helsinki based national swedish language
                    weekly “Ny Tid”

  aug.2014: Teaching photography and painting workshops
                    at VSLO, international art festival, in
                    Vama Veche, Romania

  iul.2014: Teaching photography workshops at the
                    Hystoric Film Festival, in Rasnov, Romania

  mar.2014: Documentary filming and editing for the
                    making of film of the jazz project “Arifa,
                    Voices from the East” live at BIM-House, in
                    Amsterdam, The Nederlands

  dec.2013 - present: Editor at “Photographia”, monthly
                    magazine on fine arts photography

  feb.2010 - present: Teaching painting and photography
                    classes to age groups from 4 to 10 year olds
feb.2010 - present: Own Fine Arts open studio
                    in the old center of Helsinki (Helenankatu 4)

  oct.2008 - jan.2010: Own Art Shop “No.33”
                    in the old center of Helsinki (Unioninkatu 27)

  apr.2008 - aug.2008: 3D modelling & graphic designer
                    Laitila Architects - Kotka, Finland
sept.2007 - feb.2008: graphic designer
                    Finndesign - Helsinki, Finland

  jul.2006 - jul.2007: 3D modelling & graphic designer
                    4ME Film Studios - Weimar, Germany
                    working on projects for Lufthansa Technik

  apr.2006 - jun.2006: 3D modelling & stage designer
                    Castel Film Studios - Bucharest, Romania

  feb.2005 - jun.2005: Several design workshops:
                    Electrolux kitschenware & 
                    Romtelecom phone booths - Bucharest, Romania

  sep.2003 - aug.2005: Lead graphic artist / UI designer
                    Jamdat / EA Mobile - Bucharest, Romania
                    Main projects: “Lord of the Rings Trilogy”,
                    under the licence of New Line Cinema and
                    “Medal of Honor Mobile”

  oct.2001 - oct.2002: 3D modelling & product designer
                    Romaniabus - Bucharest, Romania

  sept.2002: Designing the equipment & logo of the 
                    2002-2003 season of the hockey team
                    “Dinamo Bucharest”

 jul.2001 - jan.2002: Contributor at “Croonenberg’s Fly”
                    and “Tout Fait” Online Marcel Duchamp
                    study journal

 jul.2000 - mar.2002: Graphic designer at
                    “Bistro Romantic” - Bucharest, Romania


My Studio in Helsinki:

pensula@yahoo.com | +40 733 623 797


Photographer :: Designer :: Painter