Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, and American painter Rizk's time in various countries ensured that the rich color palette and idiosyncratic openness of the sky would be a visual undercurrent of his unique style. From the very beginning of his artistic practice, Rizk found it inevitable to paint the natural landscape. Originally working more traditionally, he was inspired by the 19th century styles still life and landscape paintings. Bonnard and Matisse's influences are now mixed with David Hockney and Anselm Kiefer, producing a style transcending boundaries of history and tradition. Rizk explores the texture of the canvas in his work, influenced by the layers and sensibilities specific to New York, combining introspection with observation. ”
"My work is about going within. I was born and raised in Cairo and I then moved to Jordan and Beirut. This movement between places, the duality created by the transitions, deeply influence my work," says Rizk of hiz work. He positions himself between the East and the West and encourage dialogues to open up through his work, improving the position of Middle Easterners throughout the world.
Rizk further articulates the importance of bringing together the moment with the historical weight of painting. "While I'm classically trained, I live in the moment and it is very important for me to combine my knowledge of painting with the things that I see everyday, embodying various elements through painting. I care about change, upheaval, uncertainty and the lack of security," says Rizk of his artistic direction.
Born in Cairo in 1961, Rizk was Educated in Cairo, Beirut, and Amman. In 1986 received his BFA in Painting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where he studied with Elemore Morgan ,William Moreland, and Herman Mhyre. He holds an MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design in New York where he studied with Leland Bell, Paul Resika, Robert De Niro, Sr. and Larry Rivers. He is the recipient of Helena Rubenstein Scholarship. Rizk currently lives and works in New York.