F R A N E   D E L A L L E


Born in Trogir, in sunny Dalmatia, on March 1, 1929.

Creative on a daily basis for almost 60 years. His credo "Nulla dies sine linea" (in his case - not a single day without drawing) reflected his extraordinary energy and ceaseless wish to dedicate each and every moment of his life to the most beloved thing – the art.

Raised in modest urban family proud of it’s origins and position in a small town where time seemed to stand still and in which stories were told about medieval knights, Saracen siege, St. John’s hand, Napoleon’s army arrival...

Someone said that "even cats in Delalle family know how to draw", meaning that skill and afinity for art spans through several generations. That fact and very good amateur works by his father Vjekoslav, lead him to secondary art school in Split and, afterwards, Applied Arts Academy in Zagreb
After storm
Combined technique, 100 x 70cm, 1996.

He tried himself in many areas of fine and applied arts guided by his always restless and inquisitve spirit. He designed luxury interiors in hotels and houses, congress centers, science institutes, museums and other public buildings in former Yugoslavia, Russia, Czech Republic, USA, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Tanzania and 15 more countries.
Faithfull to the idea that artwork has to be integral part of the interior, as it was in renaissance which fascinated him, he always found the way to implement paintings, tapestries and sculptures that he created, into the interiors designed by himself alone or in cooperation with other architects. His goal was to enrich the interior and bring symbolism adequate for the interior’s purpose.

Given the fact that he designed mostly ample spaces, his works of art are also exceptionally large. The tapestry in the Baghdad Congress Center entrance hall featuring motifs from Iraqi rich history has an area of 1242m2 and is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as largest in the world. Also very large is the special technique painting – 200 square meters - in Congress Center in Acra, Ghana, or decorative curtain 20 metres high which adornes Congress Center in Harare, Zimbabwe, or steel and aluminum sculpture on the wall inside Djerdap Dam with area of 920 m2.

Solving technical problems in large scale paintings and sculptures manufacturing process he invented several completely new techniques, such as drawing on aluminum, applied in composition for Archeological Monuments Museum in Split and Beogradjanka Palace, or pastel coated with protective layer ensuring longevity, applied on Dubrovnik Theater stage curtain.

Light, vivid colors and contrasts of his childhood Dalmatia were always intertwined in everything he did. Wide sea which he grew beside, transformed him into eternal passenger for whom only a few countries and landmarks were unseen. The encounters with other people and cultures were recorded in his sketches and his art gained the character today called multiculturality, emphasizing basic human values.

Special chapter of his opus belongs to small formats, painted in tempera and pastel mixed technique, mostly maritime landscapes, religious and mythical scenes. He was proven master of the interior and grand formats, but nevertheless, working on small formats in last years of his life, he showed us that he is a true painter deep within his essence. For many, this body of work is the best thing he left us.

If a man who spends his life doing what he loves could be considered happy, than my father was a very, very happy man.

He passed away in Belgrade on October 3, 2008.
  Delalle Darko, son