Delia Prvacki

Ms. Delia Prvacki is the founder and owner of Deliarts Pte Ltd, an art-con­sult­ing and art-pro­duc­ing com­pany

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - P PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JR TU

My port­fo­lio com­prises a chain of events in three dif­fer­ent coun­tries, a tra­jec­tory travers­ing three dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal regimes. I was born in north­ern Tran­syl­va­nia in Ro­ma­nia after WWII, and grew up un­der a com­mu­nist dic­ta­tor­ship. I had a won­der­ful time in a fam­ily with great affini­ties for arts and cul­ture. Along with read­ing, writ­ing po­etry, and play­ing the pi­ano, I en­joyed man­ual work, and found great sat­is­fac­tion from mak­ing things. At 17, I dis­cov­ered ce­ram­ics, which pro­vided me with the free­dom I was long­ing for. I stud­ied at the Art In­sti­tute in Bucharest, a city with a great tra­di­tion in art, theater, and mu­sic. In 1970, I had my first solo ex­hi­bi­tion in my home­town. My body of work is a way of record­ing var­i­ous stages of my life, mem­o­ries and pas­sions. At 25, I mar­ried Milenko Prvacki, and left my coun­try, to fol­low him in the former Yu­goslavia, where our daugh­ter, Ana, was born the fol­low­ing year. Yu­goslavia be­came my sec­ond home. I be­came a Yu­goslav ci­ti­zen, and learned the Ser­bian lan­guage. I was ac­cepted as an artist, re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous awards and recog­ni­tion. But the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial cli­mate started to de­te­ri­o­rate by the late 1980s, and fi­nally erupted in 1991. The new re­al­ity, in­clud­ing the mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion, be­came in­com­pat­i­ble with our val­ues. As a sign of des­tiny, my hus­band was of­fered a job in Sin­ga­pore, and we took the op­por­tu­nity to start a new life in a place un­known to us. Re­lo­cat­ing to Sin­ga­pore was a chal­lenge. It was a test of our abil­ity to rein­vent our­selves. In 2002, I be­came a Sin­ga­pore ci­ti­zen. This is now my home. In Sin­ga­pore, I have been able to cre­ate a body of work that has be­come fo­cal points in pub­lic and pri­vate spa­ces. I’m proud to be able to con­tinue my art prac­tice with same pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion as 50 years ago. Watch Ms. Prvacki talk about her work and life as an artist on www.port­fo­liomagsg.com

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