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RODY RODICA ILIESCU

West 25th Street, New York, NY
530

Paris-based artist Rodica Iliescu, known as Rody, is notable for her playful portraits of early Parisian life. She was born and raised in Romania as the child of a painter, and always knew that the arts were her future. Growing up in a communist country, Rody describes how she would seek refuge in her own imagination. As an adult, she applies that childlike imagination to her artistic skill to create her artworks. Inspired by vintage scenes of the French capital, her paintings are steeped in nostalgia for a bygone era. They are romanticized fantasies of a time when men and women roamed the streets, wearing chic clothing and looking for love and adventure. Rody uses a limited palette of soft monochromatic tones, adding splashes of reds to excite somber grey backgrounds.

Like an old poster or postcard, every scene Rody creates feels intelligently staged. She employs an impressionistic-inspired style, which feels proverbially French. Using soft, light brushstrokes, the artist chooses to capture the light and emotion in each scene, rather than spoil the fantasy with too much detail. Her works are whimsical, light-hearted odes to a belle-epoque in French history, through which she invites the viewer to embrace the ways of the past without losing sight of the present.

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Tribute to Josephine Baker, 2021 Oil on Canvas 39.5” x 39.5” $15000
The Fortune Teller, 2021 Oil on Canvas 39.5” x 39.5” $15000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
The Red Magic Bird, 2008 Oil on Canvas 16” x 16” $4200 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Spanish Flu Time, 2020 Oil on Canvas 25.5” x 21.5” $8100 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Lovers Out of Law, 2020 Oil on Canvas 24” x 19.5” $8000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Lovers In Montmartre, 2013 Oil on Canvas 20” x 16” $4800 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Mid-day in Paris, 2014 Oil on Canvas 33” x 33” $15000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Morning in Montmartre, 2014 Oil on Canvas 18” x 15” $4500 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Winter Morning at Bateau Lavoir, 2019 Oil on Canvas 18” x 15” $4500 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Watering Street, 2002 Oil on Canvas 26.5” x 26.5” $9000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Cafe Fiore, 2015 Oil on Canvas 15” x 18” $4500 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
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Dancers by Napoleon Bridge, 2019 Oil on Canvas
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Playing Cards, 2014 Oil on Canvas 20” x 24.5” $8000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
The Little Tour d’Argent, 2014 Oil on Canvas 22” x 18” $8000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
The Rest, 2019 Oil on Canvas 15” x 18” $4500 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Old Street in Montmartre, 2019 Oil on Canvas 18” x 15” $4500 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Parisian, 2014 Oil on Canvas 20” x 16” $6800 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
The Fight, 1996 Oil on Canvas 31” x 38.5” $14000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
Lovers at Dali Square, 2014 Oil on Canvas 22” x 18” $8000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM

My main source of inspiration is 19th and 20th century Paris. I find the character, background, poetics, innocence, and elegance of this time to be sparkly like champagne.

Since childhood, I have been fascinated with the old sepia postcards of this time. The cards are mysterious and a bit theatrical, making me dream of escaping reality. I attempt to capture that same atmosphere in my works but always use a touch of strong, vibrant colors to bring life to my paintings. Although I experiment with different techniques and mediums, I prefer the traditional process of oil painting on canvas.

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