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 nudes. 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”.


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. Earlier 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.