My work delicately renders familiar domestic comforts that we use to feel secure. Examining the identities of heirloom textiles and childhood nostalgia summons conflicting feelings of comfort and insecurity, shelter and confinement, and love and loss. I aim to expose the contradictions within the subjects- to honor their purpose with an honest portrayal, while simultaneously questioning whether the material comforts keep us safe or more vulnerable.
Native to Maine, Cindy Rizza is a classically trained, representational oil painter with her BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Her iconic representations of familiar domestic subjects summon conflicting feelings of comfort and loneliness, hope and foreboding, and of life and loss. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, Second Prize at the 9th Annual Lore Degenstein National Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA and most recently the Best of Show Prize at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art Annual Juried National Exhibition, in Wausau, WI. Her work is collected internationally. Cindy lives and works in Southern New Hampshire.