2376 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, Florida 33305
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Artist's Statement and Bio
When I look back at something I have written I find myself saying what was I thinking. Maybe the reason is that I find written communication to be too concrete as a form of expression. Maybe it’s because I was born under a full moon during a lunar eclipse. What I do know is I have never had that experience when I have looked back at one of my paintings.
My process and technique developed from a two and half year psychosis. I found myself staring at reflections, the more uneven the surface the better. Reflections in three or more surfaces where bits of information comes from the multiple planes the more intriguing I found them. I looked at these reflections to discover a hidden image or message. I also found raster images with jpeg artifacts of interest. Sometimes I found messages by looking at the image up close; other times the image had to be looked at from afar. As time progressed, I understood this to be my sub conscience mind communicating with my conscience mind.
The technique I've developed I refer to as Abstract Verism. I wanted to bring the viewer into the painting. By painting distinct shapes of color, the viewers sub conscience and conscience mind had to deconstruct and reconstruct the fragments of color into something the viewer recognized. By viewing the painting up close one perspective is seen but, seeing the painting from afar, a different perspective is seen. It is the viewer that blends the color, not the artist. The viewer brings to this process their own perspective, their life experiences and history. Each viewer sees the image differently. These paintings are anything but concrete.
Donald Rizzo is an artist who sees the world through fragments; fragments of color, fragments of memory, fragments of space, and fragments of who people really are. His works are kaleidoscopic visions of vibrant color which stem from his dark personal experience dealing with depression with psychotic symptoms. Donald is nothing short of being his truest self and showcasing his unique eye that allows his viewers to create their own reality of what they see in his images.
Donald recently exhibited "Life Rebuilt: A Journey into and out of the Depths of Despair" at Market Street Gallery in San Francisco which tells his story of a drug induced psychosis, a damaged and decimated relationship with his children, and a downward spiral of guilt ridden self destruction to discover an artistic voice that has become his salvation. Donald also exhibited "Shades of Purple" for the Castro Country Clubs (CCC) grand reopening, which is a clean & sober gathering place for all people and a home for the queer recovery community. Donald's imagine in image juxtaposed works seek dialogue and the willingness to listen to another perspective in the hopes of finding solutions instead of placing blame to our many social political issues.
His selected awards include the American Art Awards 2012 Best in Show for his painting "Mort" and grants from Visual Aids.
Donald was featured in Mate magazine, the largest Gay Lifestyle magazine in central Europe, Spring 2014 issue.