1965 Daughter of Ariana and Ion Nicodim, Ilinca is born October
27th in Brasov, Romania, where she spends her early
childhood with her maternal grandmother while her
parents live modestly in Rome.
1968 After the Prague Spring, Ilinca's parents return to
Romania. Ilinca splits her time between her parents and
her grandmother in the country.
1970 Ilinca moves in with her parents and paternal
grandparents in Bucharest. She takes individual
French classes at a private school.
1972 Her father enrols her in an experimental school in the
Romanian capital where each teacher is specialised in
1977 Ion Nicodim moves to France. Ilinca visits him during her summer vacation and discovers great museums for the
1979 After a year living with her grandparents, Ilinca decides
to join her parents in Paris.
1983 Awarded her high school leaving certificate (A-Levels), but
fails the entrance competition for the IDHEC (Institute for
Advanced Cinematographic Studies). Ilinca enrols into the
law school at Sceaux.
1985 Leaves law school to follow a history of art programme
at the Sorbonne.
1989 Awarded a master's degree in the history of
contemporary art. She joins the "cultural projects"
department of an Italian pharmaceutical firm.
1992 Resigns from the aforementioned company.
1993 Becomes a press attaché at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
1996 Resigns from UNESCO to work free-lance.
1998 Enrols in CELSA, a French journalism and communications
school, and obtains a master's degree in communications.
1999 Unable to find employment in communications, Ilinca
begins her first creations.
2001 Marries Patrick Gèze.
She continues creating and is involved closely with her
parents' exhibitions, handling public relations in particular.
2007 After the death of Ion Nicodim in Paris, Ilinca decides to
split her time between Paris and Bucharest where she
begins working in her father's studio. She makes her first
bronze table, a project she had wanted her father to
2009 First solo show at Artmark Gallery in Bucharest in May.
Ilinca works more and more with Professor Grigore Minea.
Participates in the travelling Romanian exhibition
"Travellers in Space and Time." During the summer, the
Constanta (Romania) Museum of Art organises an exhibit
of her jewellery. From September to November, the
cultural centre Palatele Brancovenesti of Mogosoaia
(near Bucharest) sets aside a room for an exhibition of
her work. Until January 15th 2010 the Galateea Gallery
in Bucharest hosts her exhibit "Unusual Route" .