Hometown: Sedona, Arizona
Neil Rizos was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His first five years were lived in Manomet, a small community on Cape Cod. From a home perched on the bluff overlooking the sea, his consciousness of the natural world began. The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of light, water, forests and birds set the course for his life.
As a student of art, foreign languages and literature, he traveled widely – living for extended periods in Costa Rica, Spain, France and Canada. After graduating from the State University of New York, he pursued his love of the natural world and art, exploring from the arctic to the rain forests. He has conducted significant bird research with the Bureau of Land Management, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the University of Arizona and with public and private organizations in the US, Canada and Europe.
Rizos is a member of The National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, and the Society of Animal Artists. Artist Residencies have taken him from Ireland to Hudson Bay and from the Adirondacks to the San Juan Islands. His work is in the permanent collection of the US Library of Congress, the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and public, private, and corporate collections internationally.
Rizos has won the Allied Artists of America Gold Medal of Honor for printmaking and the Marilyn Newmark Award for sculpture. His etchings are featured in the book, The American Sporting Print: 20th Century Etchers & Drypointists, which includes works by Frank W. Benson, Carl Rungius and Ogden Pleissner. Rizos continues to travel extensively to study birds – his favorite subject – for his sculptures, paintings, and printmaking. See more of his artwork on his website, RizosArt.com