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Biografi

James Rizzi (October 5, 1950 – December 26, 2011) är en amerikansk popkonstnär som Miva Fine Art Galleri representerar i Sverige. Rizzi växte upp i Brooklyn, NY och studerade Fine Arts vid University of Florida i Gainesville, USA. Det var där han påbörjade de 3D-konstverk som Rizzi numera ses som grundaren till och som hans namn ofta förknippas med. Rizzis 3D-verk var ofta stora, komplicerade utskrifter av exempelvis myllrande storstadsliv. Hans lustfyllda maximalism och glädje till yrande detaljrikedom har skapat ett konstens varumärke, med en stil som känns igen världen över. Senare i livet återvände James Rizzi till måleriet. I hans målningar möter Picasso, Hanna-Barberas uttrycksstil med en kromatisk palett och en komplex grafisk struktur som samtidigt drar paralleller till kubismen.
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SR Amerikansk popkonst i Malmö, av Lars Lönroth

Publicerat: tisdag 13 november 2007

I helgen dök plötsligt en amerikansk popkonstnär upp i Malmö. James Rizzi heter han, An urban primitive artist som nu för första gången besöker Skandinavien och som under två veckor ställer ut sin konst på MIVA Gallery vid foten av Turning Torso, där vår reporter Lars Lönroth träffade honom.



Growing up in Brooklyn in a multi-cultural society having so much fun with all different races and religions and different types of people I had a very joyous childhood. James Rizzi, som har italiensk-irländska rötter, växte upp i Brooklyn i New York på 50-talet i en mycket mångkulturell miljö. Det var en lycklig barndom som satt djupa spår i hans ibland nästan överdrivet optimistiska konst som med sina glada färger och figurer påminner om barnteckningar men också om kända modernister och naivister som Dubuffet, Picasso och Paul Klee. - I’m fascinated by the work that children do and then as I went to art school and was educated I took notice on Picasso’s work and Dubuffet and Klee and some of the other artists that painted with colour and primitive style. I sin konst hämtar James Rizzi nästan alltid sina motiv från New York, denna smältdegel med sina höga hus, sina långa tunnelbanetåg och sitt myllrande människoliv som Rizzi vill ge en levande, tredimensionell framtoning med hjälp av en mycket speciell teknik. - So what I am doing is cutting one image out and mounting it on top of the other with a double-faced tape so it gives a 3D effect. Rizzi låter alltid trycka två ark av sina ofta mycket detaljrika teckningar, av det andra arket gör han små klippdockor som sen fästs ovanpå det första med hjälp av en sorts dubbelhäftande skumgummitape. Men James Rizzi skapar också konst av mer monumental art. I Tyskland, där han är mycket populär, har han målat en färgglad fasad till ett helt hus, ”The Happy Rizzi House” i Braunschweig. Och en gång fick han klottra ner ett helt flygplan från Lufthansa med sina små lustiga fåglar och figurer, en Boeing 757 som sen under fyra år flög jorden runt under namnet ”Rizzi Bird”. Innan jag lämnar Rizzi i galleriet vid Malmös höga Turning Torso hittar jag i ett av hans verk två små tredimensionella teckningar av de båda tvillingtorn i New York som raserades den 11 september 2001. Tornen har fått vingar och varsin helgongloria och är på väg upp mot himlen. En hyllning till alla dem som miste livet den där dagen. Inte ens Rizzis lyckliga värld är förskonad från mörka ögonblick. - For me to pay homage to the World Trade Center by putting angel wings and a halo because so many people died that day in that building was my way of having respect for all the lives lost on that particular day.

Lars Lönroth lars.lonroth@sr.seBiographie

1950
Born in Brooklyn, NY, as second of three children.

1973
Graduated from the University of Florida at Gainesville (Fine Arts).  Opening of studio/gallery, Sullivan Street, SoHo, New York.

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

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

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

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”).

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

1988
Publication of first book about James Rizzi (Gerrit Henry / Marshall Lee: “James Rizzi – 3-D Constructions”)

1988-92
Various design projects in Japan

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
„Distinguished Alumnus Award“ by University of Florida in Gainesville.

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.

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.

2001
Completion and inauguration of the “Happy Rizzi House” in Brunswick, Germany.
Painting and charitable auctioning of a Smart Car in Tokio, 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.

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.

2003
Poster design for „SWR3 New Pop Festival“.

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

2005
Charity projects in cooperation with Lions Club and „action medeor“.

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.

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.

2008
Design of four special issue stamps for Germany Aufnahme in die New Yorker „Artexpo Hall of Fame“ 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.

2009
Design of logo for „Encounters – Shelters for Children“, a symposion 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.

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.

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