Born in 1950, in the small town of Ramnicu Valcea in Romania, Rody was the child of an artist who was educated in Paris. Her Father was deeply opposed to the communist government of Romania.
Rody remembers her family suffering oppression because of her father's views. Her father told her stories of the happy days he spent in Paris when he was young. He told her stories about Montparnasse, Montmartre and the bohemian, creative lifestyle of the artists who had lived there.
Rody imagined every street, every building, the Seine River, and the light of the Parisian sky. She knew how the people dressed and walked the city enjoying the life there. When she finally arrived in Paris, she says, “I felt I had come home.” Excelling in school and then in college, she conitued to draw and paint. Her father was very proud of her talent. When Rody was at the age of 12 or 13, the city museum would often order her father to paint panels representing communist history and other human events. He would instead have Rody paint them, because he did not want to paint for the system.
Rody, with the encouragement of her father, escaped to Paris 1970 and graduated at the Fine Arts Academy in 1974. Since that time, she has made her living with her art. Influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec, Utrillo and Bernard Buffet and her love of Paris, her distinct and individual vision of the city has created the success which has brought her the great honor of being given a studio in the Paris City Hall in 2000.
Rodica's father died in 1980, never seeing the changes in Eastern Europe. With the end of communism, the city she was born in named a street for her father and presented him a posthumous award of great importance in the art world of Romania.
In 1989, Paris proclaimed
Rody an Honorary Citizen of the Montmartre Republic. Her paintings have
shown world wide in both galleries and museums. She has works in both
public and private collections internationally.
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