James Rizzi - [1950 - 2011] -- an American pop artist known for his childlike style and zany images
the Happy Rizzi House in Brunswick, Germany created James Rizzi
Rizzi's reputation was established by his small-scale graphic work. This
appeared almost simultaneously in the bosoms of both the art
establishment and the counterculture, as he exhibited work at the
Brooklyn Museum in 1976 and designed an album sleeve and animated videos
for the new wave band Tom Tom Club in the early 80s. He developed his
talent for the eye-catching, the quirky and sometimes the downright
facile, notably for corporations in Japan. There, Rizzi worked with
considerable success on television films, puzzle designs, restaurant
menus, a whisky company calendar and the cover of a dictionary.
He also adorned the bodywork of three cars in order to promote the
Volkswagen Beetle in 1999, having designed three years earlier the
exterior livery of a Boeing 757. Rizzi's spirited departure from the
conventions of airline logos anticipated British Airways' rebranding a
little later, and was rather more successful.