Rodica Alecsandra - Metarealism in the 21st Century

Rodica Alecsandra grew up in Bucharest, Romania. A sensitive child with a vivid imagination, she was influenced by an encounter with William Shakespeare’s realm. Her father, an engineer and amateur poet, took his six year old daughter to see "King Lear". The performance had a powerful impact on Rodica’s world. In her early years, she spend many hours in her school's drama class, with thoughts of becoming an actress.

In her late teens, Rodica discovered Painting and her life-style and philosophy were changed forever. She competed with over 200 applicants for one of six places at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Bucharest, and won admission to her country's most prestigious art school, "Nicolae Grigorescu". Four years later she was granted a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art.

In the late 80s, Rodica was attracted to Metaphysical Painting that enabled her to create unique interpretations of the relationship between mind and matter. Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Delvaux and Rene Magritte were like guides to her own soul searching.

Rodica immigrated, alone and without support, to New York, USA in 1996. In spite of many difficulties and complications, she managed to obtain an AAS degree in Textile and Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY in 2002. She currently does freelance fashion work.

In 1994, her Solo Show, "The Grail", organized by Goethe Institute in Bucharest, received full media coverage in the press and national television.  Rodica recently participated in "A Feast of Imagination’, an international exhibit organized by H R Giger Museum in association with The Society for Art of Imagination, London, UK at Galerie Museum HR Giger, Chateau St. Germain, Switzerland 2006. Her painting "Walpurgisnacht" is being exhibited at the prestigious The Mall Gallery, near Buckingham Palace in London, UK.

Rodica World, presented here as poetical pictographs, is a sui generis travel into the metaphysical realm of ourselves. For her painted poems Rodica employs symbols and metaphors for rendering l’incertitude et l’angoisse de l’homme, and earthly human struggles compensated by a virtual triumph and escape.

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