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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.

"Like a contemporary shaman, Bob Rizzo takes found objects and gives them new life…"
Michael Cochran, Artsmedia Magazine, Nov. 04,  Boston, MA
"...He’s also found a highly personal means of expression — a series of rough-hewn figurative sculptures that incorporate “found objects” such as toys, coins, shells and even bits of cast-off furniture and cabinetry. At once old and new, they draw on sources as diverse as African totem figures, pre-Columbian carvings and Hopi kachina dolls."
Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal,  July, 2008

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)


All artwork is for sale unless marked.
Please send me an inquiry via email, thanks.

bobrizzo@cox.net