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Rody
Pathways
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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  • Mid-day in Paris
Oil on Canvas
33" x 33" 

    Mid-day in Paris

    Oil on Canvas
    33" x 33"
  • Morning in Montmartre
Oil on Canvas
18" x 15" 

    Morning in Montmartre

    Oil on Canvas
    18" x 15"
  • Lovers at Dali Square
Oil on Canvas
22" x 18" 

    Lovers at Dali Square

    Oil on Canvas
    22" x 18"
  • The Fight
Oil on Canvas
31" x 38.5" 

    The Fight

    Oil on Canvas
    31" x 38.5"
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Rody

RODY

Pathways
September 26 – October 17, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 28, 2017 6-8 PM

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 almost 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.