My Creative Journey – Sculpture by Michael Rizza

My Creative Journey is a survey of 95-year-old Michael Rizza’s prolific work in sculpture, which began 62 years ago.  Inspired by nature, architecture, and humanity, his contemporary forms range from organic and geometric, to figurative and abstract.  The exhibition features dozens of beautiful and intriguing works from across his life.  With over ten different stones, bronze, aluminum, plaster and composites from all over the world chosen for their characteristics – color, density, composition, size, weight – and with the ability to transform into the artist’s vision.  My Creative Journey is curated by Lisa Gallo, who began an apprenticeship with Mr. Rizza in 2011.

Michael Rizza (Walnut Creek, CA) is an artist who has worked in architecture and fine art in bronze, stone, and a variety of other materials including concrete, wood, ceramic and aluminum.  In addition, he is an educator and mentor to several studio artists from the region.  Mr. Rizza’s early education in New York City included the notable Leonardo da Vinci Art School and the prestigious High School of Music and Art.  Michael’s early career as a draftsman led to contributing to several well-known architectural projects including the Seagram Building and Lever House.  In 1957 he joined Isamu Noguchi’s team working on the ceiling and waterfall for the lobby of the 666 Fifth Avenue Building.  His sculpting career began in 1961. In 1975 he founded the Michael Rizza Company specializing in seismic seals for architectural projects.  Across the past six decades Michael transformed into a celebrated artist exhibiting across the west and sharing his inspiration and knowledge with others.

“Art has no boundaries, and is a journey with a satisfying ending. I do not design my sculptures to deliver a specific message. Instead, each piece will have its own message as the view perceives it.  As I get older, I feel an urgency as never before to finish my hundreds of ideas and to share my techniques and lessons.”  – Michael Rizza

“This broad showing of sculpture is purposefully combined with examples of Michael’s creative process.  Rarely shared in this way, additional smaller works known as maquettes are used to replicate, scale and cast.  They inform the viewer and create curiosity about the phases and process from beginning to end.”  – Lisa Gallo, Curator