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Pop Artist James Rizzi passes away – dies at 61

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"Pop Artist James Rizzi passes away dies at 61"The pop artist, James Rizzi has suddenly passed away in his hometown of New York on Monday. However, the cause of his death is not yet been confirmed. James Rizzi is well known for his 3D paper sculptures and colorful animation that has been applied to a wide range of object that includes an airplane, chinaware, cars, stamps and trains.

On his personal website, a statement has been posted saying that it is with great distress and sorrow that they have to announce the death of James Rizzi. The statement read that the world famous pop artist died peacefully in his sleep in his studio in SoHo, New York, the night after Christmas. Adding to this, his sudden and unexpected death comes as a shock to family, friends and collectors alike. He was in the middle of preparing for new projects when death struck him suddenly. Moreover, the website also told that in James Rizzi, the art world loses one of the last great pop artists and they lose a good friend and a wonderful human being.

James Rizzi was born in Brooklyn and studied art at the University of Florida. Later, he returned to New York in 1974 and first made his name as a street artist. From then he became known for his bright, cartoon-like drawings and 3-D constructions. And in 1996, Lufthansa has commissioned him to decorate a jet with pastel stars, birds and travelers. Last year a school in Duisburg was named for him.

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