At first glance, few things are ever as they appear. In life, as with my art, perspective is everything.
When we first meet someone, we often think we know much about that person from what we can see. However, as we draw closer to people, our perspective changes. We begin to see things differently. Physical and even character flaws become more obvious. Soon the person we saw in the distance is not the person who stands before us. The individual we thought we saw so clearly, seems transformed or is it the viewer who has been transformed?
So, too, it is with Rizzo’s abstract realism acrylic on canvas paintings. When seen from a distance, the visual information in his paintings evoke a strong and convincing realistic likeness. However, as one gets closer to the work, a new perspective arrives. In approaching the once three-dimensional painting, the image goes flat. Each unique contoured shape becomes apparent; individual fragments of color comprising the painting appear. An abstraction is revealed.
Rizzo’s paintings, like so much we encounter are not what they first appear to be.
About Donald Rizzo
In 1985 Donald Rizzo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and began a career for 20 plus years in Information Technology. In 2006 his life priorities changed upon becoming HIV positive. He began to pursue his expressive and creative talents as a visual artist to help him process the changes HIV and its treatment were having on his body and mind.
Rizzo’s extensive travels throughout Europe, China, India and South Africa offered exposure to different cultures and served as a catalyst to begin to view life experiences with a new perspective. He finds the artistic creation process to be a form of meditation and expression - a way to confront and process demons. Each completed work brings a little bit of healing to Rizzo’s life and mind.
Celebrating our seventh year in the Castro, Magnet is a place where gay men connect. In addition to our clinical services, Magnet is also an art gallery, lounge and internet café. A program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, our mission is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of gay men.