Trees are Life – Maria Rizzo

Closing reception for Maria Rizzo’s painting exhibit Trees are Life
At Health Science Library, 766 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York, 13210
January 25th, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Syracuse, NY (December 31, 2012)—Syracuse-based artist Maria Rizzo will be speaking about her art and artistic process at the closing reception for her exhibition Trees are Life (on display during January at Health Science Library, Syracuse). The event is free and open to the public. Maria Rizzo’s recent paintings are a tribute to trees. To create these “Totems of Life,” she uses her memories of nature as a reference and intuition as her guide. The painting process is her journey to find beauty and balance among texture, color, and form. It is also a political journey in which she uses her art to create an awareness of endangered trees, the beauty and frailty of nature, and, consequently, the necessity of recycling.

Maria Rizzo’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout New York State and abroad, including the Red House Gallery in Syracuse, the Frederic Remington Museum in Ogdensburg, and the Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea di Lissone in Italy. She is a NYFA MARK 12 alumni. Maria Rizzo was born in Bologna, Italy in 1987.

“Maria’s beautiful use of color and light generate a dreamy landscape creating an amazing backdrop for her large ancestral trees. Using texture and paint Maria’s paintings draw you into a dreamy woodland landscape of pure majestic reverence.”  —The Syracuse Art Scene: Mary Mollica


“[Rizzo’s] trees breathe life into the room…they are almost storytelling, are spiritual and always have wonderful moodiness.”

—Artist and Curator: Linda Bigness


“Maria’s trees are like people, expressing true character.”

—Finger Lakes Art Coordinator: Allison DeDominick

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