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Thom Surman
Jeffrey Terreson
Gideon Tomaschoff

Lynne Windsor
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Additional Select Artists:
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Scott Addis
Yoel Benharrouche
Romero Britto
Jim Buckels
Michel Delacroix
Domonique Dorie
Brian Fox
David Gerstein
Jurgen Gorg
Hessam
Ted Jeremenko
Odile Kinart
Willi Kissmer
Hisaku Kobayashi
David Krakov
Joseph Lorusso
Sam Park
Thomas Pradzynski
Charlotte Reine
James Rizzi
Mackenzie Thorpe
Don Wilks

 

James Rizzi
artwork

1950-2011

Born in Brooklyn, New York, James Rizzi studied art at the University of Florida (Gainesville) where he began experimenting with painting, printmaking and sculpture.  His goal was to combine all three techniques in his work, an aim finally realized in his now well-known 3-D constructions.  Duplicate images, carefully cut out and attached, each one above its counterpart, create richly textured editions through a truly striking use of traditional printmaking techniques.


According to the themes of James Rizzi’s artwork, happiness is a Brooklyn childhood, and delight lives in the details. Rizzi’s bright, cheerful silk screens depict every sort of urban activity from traffic jams on Broadway and boats on the Hudson to baseball in the park. His primitive celebrations of American daily life qualify him as a graphic great-grandson of the phenomenal Primitive artist, Grandma Moses, as well as the playful Surrealist, Paul Klee.


Rizzi’s art style is as quintessentially contemporary American as his route to fame and adoption into mass media popularity. He sold his first etching in 1969 for one dollar. Five years later, he was catapulted to celebrity phenomenon status when his pictures were admired at a New York street fair by sculptor, Chaim Gross. As Rizzi’s work subsequently appeared on music album covers, stage sets, animated films, posters, cars, and airplane shells, their prices soared. In 2001, Rizzi was commissioned to design “The Happy Rizzi House” a building adorned with Rizzi’s iconic art in Braunschweig, Germany. Rizzi’s serigraph titled, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” achieved cult trivia question status by its placement on the wall of Jerry Seinfeld’s TV apartment.


Since his 1974 debut in The Brooklyn Museum’s ongoing series of print exhibitions, James Rizzi has been honored with one-person shows throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  In 1996, the International Olympic Museum (IOC) released the Rizzi catalog, Dreams of Sport. In 1997, Rizzi was designated the official artist for the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In 1998, he was selected as the official artist for the FIFA World Cup Soccer, France. Throughout all the success and publicity, Rizzi continued to refine the complexity of his colorful, cartoon-like designs and his positive presentation of the details of contemporary life.

Since the artist passed away in December 2011, exhibition of his work has continued, including the Official Exhibition in Memorial for James Rizzi at the Kunstakademie Heimbach in Heimbach, Germany, which has been visited by nearly 14,000 people.  As his iconic art is viewed by such vast audiences and exhibited around the globe, James Rizzi will continue to be rememberd.

"In this May 20, 2010 file picture, US Pop Art artist James Rizzi stands in front of his work “In Spite of Peace," painted on a fragment of the Berlin Wall, during the opening of his exhibition “Rizzi’s World – 60 Years of James Rizzi” in Bremen, northern Germany.  James Rizzi, a New York-born and based pop artist best known for this playful and childlike three-dimensional sculptures, has died.  He was 61.  Rizzi’s managers, Art 28 GmbH & Co. KG, based in Stuttgart, Germany, said in a statement on its website that the artist died peacefully at his studio in New York’s SoHo district on Monday, December 26, 2011.  They gave no cause of death."

Achievements:

2012
• It's not a Show it's a Rizzi - Rizzi Sneaker collection by FIFA.
• Porcelain collection of Goebel.
• First official exhibition in memoriam, Kunstakademie, Heimbach
• Gallery Bohn in Lorrach presents "Rizzis World"

2011
• Biggest 3D construction of the world
• Marco Polo cityguide "My New York City" illustrated by J.Rizzi in two sizes
• Ravensburger Memory and Puzzle have been released
• James Rizzi School in Duisburg inaugurated.

2010
• The German participants of the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver receive the Rizzi-designed porcelain miniature of the Berlin Wall as an official present of the NOK
• Big Rizzi retrospective at the Congress Centrum Bremen, Germany, on the occasion of Rizzi’s 60th birthday

• Inscription into the Golden Book of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Germany
• Hand imprint at the Bremen “Walk of Fame”
• Town Musicians Award, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Germany

• Big exhibition in the CentrO mall in Oberhausen, Germany, Europe’s largest shopping and leisure center

• Auctioning of the Rizzi-designed CentrO Dome in support of “A Heart for
Children”, a German charity for children

2009
• Design of logo for “Encounters – Shelters for Children”, a symposium of The Peter Maffay Foundation (patron: German Minister for Families)

• Retrospective at the Municipal Gallery “Alter Löwen” in Pfullendorf
Design of a porcelain miniature of the Berlin Wall for “Visible Wall” on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

• The Rizzi-designed porcelain miniature of the Berlin Wall is given to Michail
Gorbachev on the occasion of the festivities for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

2008
• Design of four special issue stamps for Germany
• Inauguration into “Artexpo Hall of Fame”, New York
• Charity project with UNICEF
• Big retrospective at the Rheingold Hall in Mainz, over 50,000 visitors
• Design of a 10 € banknote with kind permission of the ECB
• Inscription into the Golden Book of Baden-Baden, Germany

2007
• Charity project “Encounters – an alliance for children” with Peter Maffay (Patron: German Chancellor Angela Merkel)
• “Outstanding Achievement Award” by the University of Florida at Gainesville Album cover design for “Soundz of Freedom” by Bob Sinclar

2006
• Steiger Award for artistic life‘s work (laudatio by Otto Waalkes)
• Publication of huge book “James Rizzi – Artwork 1993-2006” by Glenn
O‘Brien and Mark Weinberg
• Poster design for the official opening of the latest New York golf club on Governor’s Island

2005
• Charity projects in cooperation with Lions Club and “action medeor”

2004
• Big Rizzi exhibition in the “Mathematicum“ museum in Giessen, Germany, with over 17,000 visitors

2003
• Poster design for “SWR3 New Pop Festival”

2002
• Design of front page for Hamburger Abendblatt
• Design of Teddy bear for Steiff
• Official participant, World Economic Forum, New York
• Design of three tram cars for Heilbronn, Germany

• Charity project with Southwest German public radio SWR

2001
• 
Completion and inauguration of the “Happy Rizzi House” in Brunswick, Germany
• Painting and charitable auctioning of a Smart Car in Tokyo, Japan
• Award by European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria
• Design of an album cover for Joey Ramone (“Merry Christmas”)

• Design of china with Rosenthal on behalf of Siemens AG, Germany, on the occasion of their entering the NYSE

2000
• Participation in New York “Cow Parade”
• Design of the “Happy Rizzi House” in Brunswick, Germany, for EXPO Hannover 2000
• Works for UNICEF, the Japanese Railway, and German Telekom

1999
• Design of three New Beetles for Volkswagen (and inclusion of one of them into the permanent collection of the Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany)

• Design of 15-volume Brockhaus Encyclopedia

1998
• Artist of the year, US Sports Academy
• Official artist of the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan
• Official artist, FIFA world cup, France
• Official participant, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
• “Alumnus Award” by University of Florida in Gainesville

1997
• Official artist of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland
• Publication of “Christmas Cooking in New York” with recipes by famous Swiss chef, Peter Bührer
• Design of a heart-shaped logo for RTL charity (German TV)

• Design of four limited edition CDs for Bertelsmann
• Design of a fridge door for Liebherr
• Art Show in Brooklyn, NY, and declaration of opening day as “James Rizzi Day” by the mayor of Brooklyn

1996
• Publication of the James Rizzi book “The New York Paintings”
• 
Publication of “James Rizzi – My New York Cook Book” with recipes by famous Swiss chef, Peter Bührer

• Official artist of the Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, GA

• Admission of Rizzi works into the permanent collection of the IOC in
Lausanne, Switzerland
• Interview for Japanese Television
• Design of exterior shell of a Boeing 757 for the 40th birthday of the Lufthansa
affiliate Condor

1995
• Design of Bobby Car for BIG

• Design of china ashtray and graphics for the 25 year anniversary of Philip Morris Europe
• Design of poster “Rizzi Meets Spitzweg”, New Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

1994
• Begin of a year-long series of china designs for Rosenthal

• Design of limited edition MetroCard for the New York Metropolitan
Transportation Authority MTA
• Design of logo for Children’s Friend for Life

• Design of ski-wear for Descente, Japan

• Design of phone cards for AmeriVox and Teleworld

1993
• Design of box coat for Henry Maske (IBF world champion, light heavyweight)
• Title story and magazine design, MAX Magazine, Germany

1990
• Design of title “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for Hollywood movie “V. I. Warshawski” starring Kathleen Turner 1992
• Publication of second book about James Rizzi (Glenn O‘Brien, “Rizzi”)
• Guest of honor of the American Anorexia and Bulimia Association

1988-92
• Various design projects in Japan
• Publication of first book about James Rizzi (Gerrit Henry / Marshall Lee:
“James Rizzi – 3-D Constructions”)

1987
• Production of a film about Rizzi by Japanese TV (“Rizzi meets the Salsa”)
• Design of album cover for Dee Dee King (“Funky Man“)

1980-83
• Design of album covers and two animated video clips for “Tom Tom Club”
(“Genius of Love”, “Pleasure of Love”) as well as another album cover for Andy Summers and Robert Fripp (“I Advance Masked”)

1976-77
• Participation in “Thirty Years of American Printmaking, including the 20th
National Print Exhibition”, Brooklyn Museum, NY (Gene Baro, curator)

1975
• Design of 150 ft. outdoor mural for Eric‘s Bar & Grill, 2nd Ave + 88th St, NY
(building demolished in 1985)

1974
• Participation in outdoor art shows in Washington Square and Brooklyn
Heights, NY

1973
• Graduated from the University of Florida at Gainesville (Fine Arts)

• Opening of studio/gallery, Sullivan Street, SoHo, New York

 

 

 
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