Delia Iliesiu was born in 1950 in Baia Mare (Northern Transylvania) in Romania. She grew up in a family with a defined attitude towards art (father Victor Iliesiu was a poet, while from her mother Magda, Delia and her 4 siblings inherited a love for fine arts and music). From 1970 to 1975, she studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, where she obtained a master’s degree in applied art / ceramics. She started experimenting with clay at the age of seventeen, and had her first solo exhibition in 1970.
In 1975, she moved to the former Yugoslavia, where she lived and worked for the next 17 years, widely recognized and appreciated as a professional ceramist. In 1992, together with her husband, artist Milenko Prvačka, and daughter Ana, Delia immigrated to Singapore, whose citizenship she received in 2002.
Delia’s work since the early 80s has focused on establishing a new vocabulary and meaning for the sculptural medium generated by available technologies and the endless modalities of expression in ceramics, often experimenting with mixed techniques and strongly influenced by her passion for other art forms and archeology as well. Since moving to Southeast Asia, the experience of a radically different natural environment (tropical vegetation, light, weather…) and cultural environment (especially the need to respond to the dilemmas posed by modern urban society) has created and inspired new themes. These experiences also confirmed her choice to work predominantly with a range of ceramic materials and reassessed her potential. However, Delia realized numerous bronze and GRC sculptures, and she also “translated” her three-dimensional works into tapestries.
In parallel with her independent practice, in 1995 Delia began a series of public projects, developing an idiosyncratic language and interpretation of wall works and integrated forms in urban and natural environments. Delia is the founder and owner of Deliarts Pte Ltd, an art consultancy and artwork production company.