Delia was born in a small mining town in Transylvania, Romania. Her family moved to Australia in 1990 and in 2007 Delia completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the National Art School in Sydney, majoring in painting. Delia moved back to Romania for a few years but since her return to Sydney in 2019 she has focused on her artistic practice full time.
“My work is energetic and exuberant, a direct extension of my imagination. A sense of improvisation is created by means of building within and around the materials. Twisted and contorted shapes placed next to playful patterning conveys a sense of restlessness and the passage of time. The canvas becomes a place where the figurative and realistic collide
Before I start to work on a new painting, I have a clear vision of its motif, colour and its form. However, the process of painting itself is the chance to lead me to a point and solution that I could not have thought of in advance. Forms evolve, the painting grows and acquires a life of its own. Sometimes, the painting is finished when any trace of the primary idea has dissolved.” – Delia Vilhelm.