Bob Rizzo is an artist who gives material form to ideas of cultural and spiritual connections between objects and humans. Actively exhibiting his artwork since the early 1970s, including painting, performance, prints, sculpture, set design, and sound installation, Rizzo is currently focused on merging found objects and plant matter in an exploration of the nature of organic decay, change, the abundance of detritus, and role of the spiritual in everyday life.
An nkisi figure is an awe-inspiring object. The nails hammered into the body evoke disturbing sensations. Foremost is the sensation of pain whose distinct tactile quality Bob Rizzo’s “warrior” enforces in a dramatic and almost theatrical way. Constructed from hundreds of found objects, Rizzo’s work belongs to a series of sculptures he calls “totems.” The term alludes to the realm of the primordial. It conjures images of an archaic, mythic past … The Warrior addresses the power of the fetish. “
—Peter Probst, Professor of African Art and Visual Culture, Global Flows, Tufts University (2012)
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