Born as the first of five children of Anastasia and Neculai Toniță, he came from Bârlad to Iași in 1902 and began his studies at the art academy there with Gheorghe Popovici and Emanoil Bardasare. In 1903 he visited Italy.
In the summer of 1909 he visited Italy again and in the autumn of France , where he stayed in Paris for two years . He painted landscapes, portraits and compositions that he exhibited in his studio in Montparnasse .
In 1911 he returned to Romania , first to Bârlad and later to Iași, where he taught drawing at the military college.
In 1912 he finished his studies at the Iași Art Academy. Tonitza married Ecaterina Climescu in 1913 and became the father of Peter and Catrina. For several years he worked as a journalist in Iași .
In 1916 he showed 94 paintings and drawings in Bucharest, together with Ștefan Dimitrescu .
After the war he became a member of the socialist press. In 1921 he created several designs for ceramic products. In 1922 he traveled to Transylvania , where he met the painter and sculptor Aurel Popp; the artists soon became friends.
1924 Tonitza showed his works at the Biennale in Venice . In 1925 he left the Association of Romanian Artists and founded the “Group of Four” with Francisc Șirato , Oscar Han and Ștefan Dimitrescu , which held several exhibitions until 1934.
- Raul Șorban: Nicolae Tonitza , Editura Meridiane, Bucharest, 1965
- Nicolae Tonitza 1886-1940 Colectie de arta : Alcor Edimpex 1996 ISBN 9739720056
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Romanian painter, illustrator, lithographer and caricaturist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 13, 1886|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Bârlad|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 26, 1940|
|Place of death||Bucharest|