The Rizzo Collection by Alberto Rizzo is a 100 piece collection selected by the Rizzo family in concert with BeetsDAO to represent the best of his body of work. 2.5% of the primary sale will be donated to St. Jude's Hospital.
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November 3rd 2021 | 16:00
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Alberto Rizzo, was an Italian photographer and painter. He was born in La Spezia, outside of Rome.
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Alberto arrived in NYC in 1965 to follow his passion as a Fashion photographer. Moving away from straight point and shoot images, he sought to change the way people saw fashion and beauty photography. Alberto’s early fashion work makes use of this by breaking away from his contemporaries and creating a sense of theatre, dance, and beauty that speak through his photographs, and border on the sublime. His painting, design, and graphic art background at the Accademia delle Bella Arti di Brera, Milan, as well as his training as a classical ballet dancer influenced much of his work. These inspirations are exemplified by his use of silhouettes, shadows, and illustrative elements in his early fashion photography.
In the mid ‘80s Alberto had a studio in NYC on Mulberry and Grand where the top floor was used as a workspace. He would often sit at the corner window in the afternoons and watch people on the street. This was the inspiration for what would become a 10-year journey of “Shadow Series” photographs. Every day at 4pm, Alberto would photograph the shadows of people going about their business from his perch above - this imbued the photographs with a duality rarely seen in life imitating art.
Alberto’s inspiration for the “Cut Out Paper Series” was oddly enough, a chance occurrence of a roll of calculator paper falling onto the floor into the sunlight. This would lead to his fascination with cutting and forming paper into the abstract art you see in the beautiful images that continued to evolve as a series for decades. Alberto would turn seamless paper into cut outs of human forms and place them in reverse shadow boxes to later photograph. This work expanded as he began incorporating his existing photographs, playing with colors and layering in his darkroom and combining the images into truly surreal art.
Alberto’s illustrious career as a photographer and artist spans nearly 40 years and has evolved from his early Fashion work, to the Shadow Series, through the Paper Cut Out Series, to his fine art paintings. Throughout his lifetime, Alberto would experiment with many different mediums, concepts, and styles spanning into both analogue and digital - all of which has led to The Rizzo Genesis Collection, a representation of his finest works using all of these original concepts and musings.
Hand Cut Out 1 - This photograph was created in the beginning of the Cut Out Paper Series, circa 1980's, by cutting out a hand from black paper and bending the cutout hand fully back until it stretches off the paper. The paper image was placed onto a lightbox and photographed and then manipulated in the darkroom, Alberto's favorite place.
Terra 3 - In the 1980's Alberto started his fascination with the Cut Out Paper Series using shadows and different textures to create his surrealistic cut outs. We can see his artistic vision crossing time. Fun fact: in the nineties. Alberto took the images and created small floating photographs on 11" x 14" photo paper. They were shown to a well known photography dealer, who immediately loved them and wanted to know when the surrealists died. When I told him he was alive, he asked me to come back when he was dead--Alberto laughed!
Hand Cut Out 2 - This photograph "Hand Cutout 2" in the Cut Out Paper Series represents early cut outs by Alberto, circa 1980, with complex layering from three different kinds of background and overlapping upside down hands in 2 textures, we are drawn into the mastery of surreal photography at its finest.