Born and raised in Deinze, Belgium, Delva now lives in Prospect, Nova Scotia. For over ten years, Thierry Delva has been concerned with the persistent questions of modernism; content, form, self-referentiality, the rigors of practice and material. While earlier work involved stone cutting and carving techniques adapted from traditional masonry practices (Delva is a papered master stone mason), his more recent work has involved making casts of the containers that bring North Americans everything from their food to entertainment to status; boxes, can, jars and jugs that held beer, roses, cell phones, flashlights and VCR’s cast in plaster, iron or bronze.
Although Delva has exhibited widely in the Canadian Maritime provinces, his work has also recently appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, including a three person show with John Greer and Philip Grauer at S.L. Simpson in Toronto, Harbor Front Center in Toronto, and Gallerie Brenda Wallace in Montreal. His work has been reviewed in Sculpture, Espace, C international contemporary art, and Canadian Art.
Delva moved to Canada in 1975. He completed a MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1993. He now lives in Prospect, Nova Scotia where he has a studio and is a professor in sculpture at NSCAD
image: the Kiss, 2005