Achilles Rizzoli

Between the ages of 16-19, Rizzoli studied engineering at a polytechnic college in Oakland where he later used his skills to work as a draftsman at an architecture firm in San Francisco. Rizzoli’s unstable family life, and most notably the death of his mother in 1937, largely contributed to the themes of his work. This mostly comprised of structural renderings, (depicting his family members and scarce acquaintances as buildings), but he also created emblems, signs and elaborate poems. Despite his unsuccessful attempts to exhibit his drawings in his home, his work remained undiscovered until nine years after his death in 1981 when a woman found the drawings and sold them to a gallery in San Francisco.





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