Born in La Paz, Bolivia, in 1935, Graciela Rodo Boulanger was raised in an artistic environment, immersed in music and art at an early age. When she was only 11 she joined the studio of Rimsa, a Bolivian artist for tutorage. At 15 she attended the National Conservatory of Music and the Academy of Art in Chile. In 1952 she moved to Vienna to study at both the Conservatory and at the Dunstakakademie. By the age of 17 she had already exhibited paintings and given piano recitals in La Paz, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Salzburg and Zurich. While living in Buenos Aires concertizing and exhibiting, she saw an etching by the artist, Johnny Friedlaender, which aroused in her an overwhelming desire to go to Paris and study printmaking in his famous atelier. At 22, she decided she must choose one or the other and began to devote all her attention to her art. Four years later (1961), her pursuit of her art took her to Paris, where she worked with Friedlaender for seven years. The artist still resides in Paris.
Her style matured upon the move to Paris, and she began to get world recognition for her lithographs, oils, and etchings. Since her first one-woman show in Vienna, 1953, she has worked in many other mediums besides oil paintings: etching, lithography, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, tapestry. In 1966, Rodo Boulanger's creative efforts began to be recognized with the publication of her first edition of engravings and her first exhibit in the United States. Since then her work has been shown in more than 150 exhibitions on five continents. In 1979, she was designated by UNICEF as "Official Artist" for the International Year of the Child poster and two of her tapestries were presented in the public hall of the U.N. General Assembly that year. Rodo Boulanger also has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Opera of New York; the World Federation of the United Nations Associations; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, La Paz; and the Modern Art Center, Zurich. Her art is collected worldwide.
Graciela Rodo Boulanger's joyful scenes depict the pleasure of childhood in a childlike way. Her simplistic, graceful lines and lyrical colors make her compositions as rhythmic, rigorous and spontaneous as the round-faced children she paints.