SANDA ILIESCU

Associate Professor, Art and Architecture

Education: Princeton University, Master of Architecture; Princeton University, B.S.E. in Civil Engineering


Sanda Iliescu’s practice spans the media of painting, drawing, and collage.  Outside the studio, she makes murals and installations, some with students at the University of Virginia, where she is Associate Professor of Art and Design. Molly Krom Gallery based in New York and Berlin, and Les Yeux du Monde Gallery in Charlottesville represent Iliescu’s work.

Born in Romania, Iliescu received her BSE in Civil Engineering and M.Arch in Architecture, both from Princeton University. Her professional awards include The Rome Prize, a McDowell fellowship in painting and The Distinguished Artist Award of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Scholarly writing on Iliescu’s artwork include essays by Carmen Bambach, Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia.


Writing on aesthetic issues in art and design is an important part of Iliescu’s practice. Her book The Hand and the Soul: aesthetics and ethics in architecture and art was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2009.  Iliescu’s other essays include “The Garden as Collage” (Studies in the History of Gardens and Landscape Design, fall 2007), “Beyond Cut-And-Paste” (Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm, spring 2008), and “Laocoön” (City Secrets: Rome, Robert Kahn, ed., spring 2011).