Della was born in Veria, Greece (near the birthplace of Alexander the Great). At a young age she developed her painting talent. In high school, Della entered a watercolor landscape competition which included students from all over Northern Greece. She won first place… That’s where it all began.
Before making the U.S. her new home, Della spent time in France studying psychology, literature and French philosophy. After her studies she travelled to South Africa, joined a local modeling agency and was shortly discovered by Wilhelmina Model Agency and began modeling all over the world.
However, Della missed having time to paint. She moved to New York and began studying under modern art teachers, Richard Pousette D’Art and Bruce Dorfman, for five years in the New York Art Students League. Della was essentially left alone to create her own works. She was noted for the strong subliminal meaning of the paintings and was given the nickname “warehouse of ideas” by fellow students and teachers. Della also took intensive classes in Faux Finishes at the Elizabeth O’Neil Foundation in Palm Beach.
In 1993, Della began preparing for a one-woman show, but the death of her husband, Herbert Rounick, put things on hold. She became a CEO and co-chairman of his fashion company, the HE-RO Group (public company listed in the NY stock exchange), for four years while she was deeply involved in the designing of various lines (Prêt-A-Porter of Black Tie by Oleg Cassini, Oscar De La
Renta, Bill Blass, Fabrice, Bob Mackie, and Nightline by Della Roufogali). She still kept on painting, primarily in her studio in Palm Beach.In 1997 she was asked to donate one of her paintings for an auction to benefit AIDS research. The charity flew to New York, where they picked a painting from her studio in the City. In attendance was one of the heads of AmFAR. It was suggested doing a whole show around a collection, where proceeds would go to AmFAR. Della’s career as an artist began at this junction. The “Hermaphrodite” appeared for a two-week run at the New World Arts Center in Soho, in May 1997.
After September 11, Della moved to her motherland, where she started building a house in Mykonos Island, with a studio to herself. Since 2004 she spends there most of her summer months, where she paints and does her arts and crafts. In the winter months she lives in Athens where she writes books. Fall and Spring she spends in New York.
In 2002 she published her autobiography “…this is why”. In 2005 she published her novel “beautiful as a lie”. And this year she is coming out with two new self-helping books, one for teenagers and one for ageless women. Currently she is working on a painting called “The Map Of My Life” and is working on two new novels.
By now she has developed her own strong path of meditation.