Delia POPA is an artist, curator, cultural manager and art educator currently living in Bucharest, Romania. 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.
She 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.
In recent years POPA has embarked on an artistic exploration of feminist sexuality in a post-gender Utopia. 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 main medium has become painting-drawing, a merger of the two mediums, as large scale works that are both paintings and drawings, as well 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 (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).
She has lectured widely on topics such as collaboration, cultural mediation, art in education, language-through-art teaching methodology, 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 Madrid, Venice, Vienna, Sarasota and Chicago.
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solo and duo
The Girl with Tentacles, Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
Growing Up and Staying Young- Stories about Heidi, Haus zum Palmbaum, Zürich, Switzerland
Anca Munteanu Rîmnic and Delia Popa at Salonul de proiecte, Salonul de Proiecte, Anexa MNAC, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
Chelen Amenca/Dance With Us, with Ellen Rothenberg,The Contemporary Art Gallery of The Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
I am Gustav von Aschenbach or How to Live Your Eternity in Venice, Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy
Fete cu idei [Băieți și picturi]/Girls with Ideas [Boys and Painting], Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania
Artists react to WAR, Working Art Space and Production, Bucharest, Romania
Being Mountains Being Sees, Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania
Process Terminus, curated by Sandwich Gallery at Art Encounters, Timisoara, Romania
Art on Display #2, Bucharest Public Space, Romania
Dispositions in Time and Space, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
Momentum #2, Aiurart Contemporary Art Space, Bucharest, Romania
Unfinished Sympathy: Vampire Diary, Performative Lecture within Chelen Amenca Project, UNA Galeria, Bucharest, Romania,
Dear Money, Salonul de Proiecte, VIENNAFAIR, Viena, Austria
Good Girls- Memory, Desire, Power, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
Ready or Not-Romanian Video Art, at Videozone V, The 5th International Video Art Biennial in
Israel, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Gender Zero, POSTBOX DVD Video-Screening, #4 POSTBOX Magazine/Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
Traces : Contemporary Romanian Art, 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,
MuseumsQuartier/Q21, Vienna, Austria
Index Freiraum, Zurich, Switzerland
Bains Connectives, Brussels, Belgium
Romanian Cultural Institute, Venice, Italy
ArtistNest, Sinaia, Romania
Romanian Cultural Institute, Paris, France
Doctor of Philosophy in Arts Management, Management Department of Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania
Master of Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Master in Fine Art, Painting Department, National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania