"Like a contemporary shaman, Bob Rizzo takes found objects and gives them new life…"
Michael Cochran, Artsmedia Magazine, Nov. 04, Boston, MA
"...He’s also found a highly personal means of expression — a series of rough-hewn figurative sculptures that incorporate “found objects” such as toys, coins, shells and even bits of cast-off furniture and cabinetry. At once old and new, they draw on sources as diverse as African totem figures, pre-Columbian carvings and Hopi kachina dolls."
Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal, July, 2008
An nkisi figure is an awe-inspiring object. The nails hammered into the body evoke disturbing sensations. Foremost is the sensation of pain whose distinct tactile quality Bob Rizzo’s “warrior” enforces in a dramatic and almost theatrical way. Constructed from hundreds of found objects, Rizzo’s work belongs to a series of sculptures he calls “totems.” The term alludes to the realm of the primordial. It conjures images of an archaic, mythic past … The Warrior addresses the power of the fetish. “
—Peter Probst, Professor of African Art and Visual Culture, Global Flows, Tufts University (2012)
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