Delia POPA  is one of the most relevant contemporary Romanian artists of her generation. Her feminist art includes painting, drawing and prints, installation, video and performance, taking up important topics such as gender relations, power relations and the human-animal relationship. She is the co-founder and leader of ArtCrowd – Artists in Education, an arts organization committed since 2013 to creating positive change in society via art and education.


POPA received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and both a Master in Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from The National University of Arts Bucharest. She also expanded her research into the field of Arts Management and obtained a Doctor in Philosphy in Arts Management from Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Romania.


Her involvement with animal rights activism and her commitment to social justice have been informing her activity as an art educator, cultural mediator, as well as her studio practice. Her mediums include painting, drawing, installation and performance, as potential tools for social intervention. The choice of allegorical characters, as well as the drive to explore cross-disciplinary methods and various Western and Eastern modes of representation, testify to the unique blend of artistic, social, and diplomatic roles POPA is assuming in her work.

She has been awarded numerous international residencies including artist in residence at Q21/MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria (2018), index Freiraum, Zurich, Switzerland (2015), Bains Connective, Brussels, Belgium (2012), Romanian Cultural Institute in Venice, Italy (2010) and in Paris, France (2009).


Delia POPA's work has been shown in numerous national and international group exhibitions, screening and performance events, including at WASP, Bucharest (2018), at Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania (2017/2016), at The National Museum of Contemporary Art/MNAC, Bucharest (2015/2013/2005), at Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies/a.pass, Brussels, Belgium (2012), at General Public, Berlin, Germany (2011), at The 5th Video Art Biennial in Tel Aviv, Israel (2010), and at Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, USA (2008).


Her solo and duo exhibitions include "The Girl with Tentacles" at Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest (2017), "Chelen Amenca/Dance with Us" (with Ellen Rothenberg) at The National Bruckenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania (2012), and "I am Gustav von Aschenbach" at The Romanian Cultural Institute in Venice, Italy (2010).


Delia has lectured widely on topics such as collaboration, cultural mediation, art in education, language-through-art teaching methods, art history for children, art management, museum education, public art, contemporary art and her art practice at universities, museums and cultural institutions across Romania, as well as in cities such as Madrid, Venice, Vienna, Sarasota, Oslo and Chicago.


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selected exhibitions
solo and duo exhibitions


The Beach,  curated by GrawBoeckler, GrawBoeckler Garage, Berlin, Germany


The Girl with Tentacles, Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


Growing Up and Staying Young- Tales of Heidi, curated by Anca Sinpalean, Haus zum Palmbaum, index Freiraum, Zurich, Switzerland


Chelen Amenca/Dance with Us, Part II (with Ellen Rothenberg), Performative Lectures, UNA Gallery, National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania


Anca Munteanu Rimnic and Delia Popa at Salonul de Proiecte, curated by Magda Radu and Alexandra Croitoru, Salonul de Proiecte, MNAC Anexa, Bucharest, Romania


Chelen Amenca/Dance with Us, (with Ellen Rothenberg), curated by Anca Mihulet, The Contemporary Art Gallery of the National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania


The Blind Men and the Elephant, (with Diana Sandor), curated by GrawBoeckler, General Public, Berlin, Germany


I am Gustav von Aschenbach or How to Live Your Eternity in Venice, curated by Anca Sinpalean, Romanian Institute of Cultural and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy


Secret Life of Houseplants, Teutsch Haus, Sibiu, Romania


Teritorry of Fear, UNA Gallery, National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania
Re: Teritorry of Fear, The Brancovan Palaces, Mogosoaia, Ilfov County, Romania

group exhibitions (selection)


Process Terminus Extended 4­5, Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
After 12 years. Romanian Contemporary Art in 180 Works. National Museum of Contemporary Art/MNAC, Bucharest, Romania



Artists react to WAR, curated by Olivia Nitis, Working Art Space and Production, Bucharest, Romania

On Childhood and Education, a Radiophonic Exhibition, curated by Daria Ghiu, Romanian Cultural Radio

Being Mountains Being Sees, Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania
Process Terminus, curated by Sandwich Gallery at Art Encounters, Timisoara, Romania

Garage Sale [The Great China-Romania Friendship Cafeteria], Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


Fete cu idei [Băieți și picturi]/Girls with Ideas [Boys and Painting], curated by Giles Eldridge and Delia Popa, Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania


Art on Display #2, (with Liliana Basarab) curated by Irina Botea Bucan, Bucharest Public Space, Romania
Dispositions in Time and Space, curated by Adrian Bojenoiu, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania


Momentum #2, curated by Olivia Nitis, Aiurart Contemporary Art Space, Bucharest, Romania

Mobile I Biennial, curated by Club Elctroputere, Oltenia County, Romania



Europa Wonderland, curated by Olivia Nitis, organized by Contrasens Association , Garrison Commend , Timișoara, Romania
Artistic Intervention in ”Contemporary Art Biennials – Our Hegemonic Machines in States of Emergency”, curated Dorothee Rich ter and Ronald Kolb, Symposium , online and Goethe Institut, Bucharest Biennale 9, Bucharest, Romania


Dear Money, Salonul de Proiecte, VIENNAFAIR, Viena, Austria
Good Girls- Memory, Desire, Power, curated by Bojana Pejic and Olivia Nitis, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania



Traces : Contemporary Romanian Art, curated by Ann Albritton, Mirela Ivanciu, Carmen Iovitu, Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Pont- Aven, France, Selby Gallery Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, Robert Else Gallery, Sacramento State University, California, USA,

Ready or Not-Romanian Video Art, at Videozone V, The 5th International Video Art Biennial in
Israel, curated by Irina Cios, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Gender Zero, POSTBOX DVD Video-Screening, curated by Sanda Watt, #4 POSTBOX Magazine/Chișinău, Republic of Moldova


artistic residencies


MuseumsQuartier/Q21, Vienna, Austria

Index Freiraum, Zurich, Switzerland


Bains Connectives, Brussels, Belgium


Romanian Institute of Cultural and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy

ArtistNest, Sinaia, Romania




Romanian Cultural Institute, Paris, France



Master in Fine Art, Painting Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA


Doctor of Philosophy in Arts Management, Management Department of Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania


Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK


Master in Fine Art, Painting Department, National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania


Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting Department, National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania

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