Florentina Munteanu was born in Bucharest, Romania and migrated to Australia in 1991. She completed a BFA (Painting) with First Class Honours at Monash University in Melbourne 2005 and continued her Masters of Fine Arts by Research at Monash University being a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award. In 2006 she obtained a studio residency at Gertrude Art Studios and in 2009 became a Teaching Associate for the Faculty of Art and Design Drawing Department at Monash University.
Her group and solo exhibitions include Corina Bus Gallery Melbourne, The Colour and the Shape curated exhibition Glen Eira Gallery, Drawing Symposium Exhibition The Atrium Gallery Monash University and House collaborative project with International artist in residence Marie-Jeanne Hoffner The Atrium Gallery Monash University.
Currently her work concentrates on the problems of painting from observation, still life and outdoor studies. Looking at the poetic space of representation, Florentina draws inspiration for her still life from small life subjects such as fruit as they offer humble interchangeable forms.
Her work celebrates the small intimate daily encounters with objects both in still life painting as well as being drawn to en plein air painting, observing nature, searching for an equivalent for her experience rather than a record of a particular place. The scale of her work is usually quite small coming from the fact that she paints outdoors with a small painting box sometimes taking cover from the elements in the comfort of her car.