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By Robert Rizzuto

Pen & Ink Watercolor 2009

By Robert Rizzuto


I feel that art is incredibly important to our society. It’s a way of measuring who we are and where we stand as a culture. This work was cancer inspired and it’s kept me sane through the process of my disease. During a hospital stay, I became obsessed with painting again. I’d paint and sleep and paint and sleep, and at the end of the day I’d look at my paintings and feel as though I accomplished something in them.

My diagnosis of esophageal cancer has been a turning point for me. It’s made me look at my life in a different way and realize that if you can be positive, the spirit can become so powerful. I’ve chosen to make my experience with this disease a positive thing.

Cancer has freed me as an artist. I have no fear. I feel like I can contribute something to support other cancer patients with these works. Painting has been a hugely positive thing during my illness. I’m hoping to help others to fight their disease and inspire them to paint it out.

Pen & Ink Watercolor 2009


Robert Rizzuto passed on in September 2009. The text was edited from Rizzuto’s artist statement from his blog Pen & Ink Watercolor 2009. To see more of Rizzuto’s work, please visit robrizzuto.blogspot.com.