Rydell’s art work balances between a visual approach and pleasurable home living. He applies to his work with a double use, going beyond to merely aesthetic objects to functional art. The theme behind most of his work lies between portraits and body studies. Often it also shifts from still lifes to studies of nature.His colorful work remarks the importance of avoiding boring tones. “I find the amount of grey, brown and beige that goes into what’s supposed to be elegant home decor is pretty boring. Sexy joyful fun is always the concept in my mind when composing colorful new pieces”

Rugs For Oprah was the name of his first solo show in Madrid at La Fresh Gallery, followed by Wonder By Wonder in Berlin at P7 Gallery, both in 2018. Earlier in 2017 his tapestry rug Rose Dipped was featured in the group exhibition Pink, curated by Luis Venegas at Colette in Paris, which also featured pieces from Nan Goldin, Inez and Vinoodh, Juergen Teller, among many others. In 2016 several commissioned artworks were included in the J.W.Anderson book The Rain In Spain Stays Mainly In The Plain.
Though the beginning of his career began when self publishing Colored Dudes, which featured homoerotic illustrations created in late 2014, the book sold out worldwide almost immediately. Shortly after Leo placed finalist in the Dual Figure category of the Tom of Finland Foundation Emerging Artist Competition. In order to enrich his knowledge in development processes and luxurious materials, Rydell worked for a little more than two years at LVMH-Loewe’s design team.
Rug pieces available at:
Boon Room, 9 Rue de Lesdiguières, 75004 ParisL.A. Studio, Calle de Castelló, 8, 28001 MadridLa Fresh Gallery, Calle de Conde de Aranda, 5, 28001 MadridColette, 213 rue Saint Honore, 75001 ParisP7 Gallery, Prenzlauer Allee 7, 10405 BerlinKolkhoze, FrancePIN-UP Shoppe, NY
Prints available at:
Atelier Des Jeunes
Colored Dudes book available at (SOLD OUT):
Bookmarc, 400 Bleecker St, NYDashwood, 33 Bond St, NYBookmarc, 8407 Melrose Pl, LABookmarc, 17 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, ParisKenzo, 49 Avenue George V, ParisKenzo, 60-62 Rue de Rennes, ParisKenzo, 27 Boulevard de la Madeleine, ParisOFR, 20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, ParisBookmarc, 24-25 Mount St, LondonBuchhandlung Walther König, Ehrenstrasse 4, Cologne