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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 in Painting and Drawing 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 in Painting 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 The National Museum of Contemporary Art/MNAC, Bucharest (2023/2020/2015/2013/2005), at The Station for Research on Art and Life/tranzit.ro, Ilfov and at the Toplocentrala, Sofia, Bulgaria (2022), at The Cologne Biennial, Germany (2022), at the Occupy Art Festival New York City, USA (2022), at Kunsthalle Bega, Timisoara, Romania (2021), at WASP Studios, Bucharest (2018), at Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania (2017/2016), 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.
 
To request a lecture or for any other enquires please write to  delianapopa@gmail.com
Artist Statment
Solo and Duo Exhibitions

2019                    The Beach (An Erotic Fantasy), GrawBöckler Garage, curated by GrawBöckler,                                           Berlin, Germany

2017                    The Girl with Tentacles, Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2015                    Growing Up and Staying Young- Stories about Heidi, curated by Anca Sînpălean,                                      Haus zum Palmbaum/index Freiraum, Zürich, Switzerland

2014                    Unfinished Sympathy-Vampire Diaries, Performance part of Chelen Amenca, with                                   Ellen Rothenberg, UNA Galeria, Bucharest

2013                    Anca Munteanu Rimnic and Delia Popa at Salonul de Proiecte,  MNAC Annex,                                            Bucharest

2012                    Chelen Amenca/Dance with Us, with Ellen Rothenberg, curated by Anca Mihulet,                                      National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania

2011                    The Blind Men and the Elephant, video screening, with Diana Șandor, curated by                                        GrawBöckler, Raum für Projektion, General Public, Berlin, Germany

2010                   I  am  Gustav  von  Aschenbach or How to Live Your Eternity in Venice, curated by                                     Anca Sînpălean, Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice,                                     Italy

2009                    Secret Life of Houseplants, The Center for Culture and Dialogue-                                                                     Friedrich Teutsch, Sibiu, Romania

2003                    Re:Territory of Fear, The “Brâncovan Palaces” Cultural Center,                                                                         Mogoșoaia, Ilfov County, Romania

2003                    Territory of Fear, UNA Galeria, Bucharest, Romania
group exhibitions (selection)

2023

Puls 21, 2020 x 2022 Art Acqquisitions, National Museum of Contemporary Art/MNAC, Bucharest, 

Virus Diary Biennial/Cryptic Lineages, Dyptich Art Space and Malmaison, Bucharest

The Wrong Biennial, Alicante, Spain

Now the Impulse is to Live,,Timișoara Edition, curated by Adelina Luft, Minitremu ArtCamp #8, Riverside Pavilion, Timișoara, 

Virus Diary, Ostanders Fesitval Nuremberg, Germany

2022

Virus Diary, Cologne Biennial, Cologne, Germany, Occupy Art Festival, New York City, USA, Romanian Cultural Institute, Vienna, Austria

Now the Impulse is to Live, Sofia Edition,  curated by Raluca Voinea and Adelina Luft, organized by tranzit.ro, Toplocentrala, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

2021

Virus Diary, The 7th Edition of the Black-and-White Biennial, The Art Museum of Satu Mare, Romania,

Borderline Art Space, Iași, Romania, ABM Confecciones, Madrid, Spain

The Apocalypse of the White Elephant, MetaSpace, Garrison Command, Timișoara, Romania

Heartbeat 20/Puls 20, curated by Călin Dan, Kunsthalle Bega, Timișoara, Romania

2017

2018

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

2016

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

2015

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

2019

2020

After 12 years. Romanian Contemporary Art in 180 Works. National Museum of Contemporary Art/MNAC, Bucharest, Romania

Europa Wonderland, curated by Olivia Nitis, organized by Contrasens Association , Garrison Command , Timișoara, Romania
Contemporary Art Biennials – Our Hegemonic Machines in States of Emergency Symposium, curated by Dorothee Richter and Ronald Kolb, online and Goethe Institute, Bucharest Biennale 9

2014

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

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

2013

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

2008-2009

2010

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

2018

2015

2012

2010

2015

2009

MuseumsQuartier/Q21, Vienna, Austria

Index Freiraum, Zurich, Switzerland

Bains Connectives, Brussels, Belgium (with Anca Verona Mihuleț)

Romanian Institute of Cultural and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy

ArtistNest, Sinaia, Romania

Romanian Cultural Institute, Paris, France

education

2014

2007

2005

2004

2002

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
 

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

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

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

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