Ich bin wie alle Menschen: Ich sehe die Welt so, wie ich sie gerne hätte, und nicht so, wie sie tatsächlich ist. (Zitat von Paulo Coelho, The Alchimist)
Riki has worked primarily in the world of publishing illustration. Since the beginning of his professional career in 2000 he has illustrated more than twenty books. He has done press illustrations, as well as coordinating the illustrations for many magazines. He co-founded and co-edited the illustrated magazine Garabattage in 2001, and founded and edited the publication project, Fràgil.
He has also created posters and book covers, as well worked as a graphic designer. He has illustrated CDs for some musical groups, worked on animation projects, created the scenery and designed the wardrobe for operas, and is the artistic consultant for a contemporary dance company.
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Born in Australia in 1982, Kareem Rizk is a Melbourne-based collage artist, illustrator and designer who graduated from Monash University in 2004 with a Bachelor in Visual Communication.
After graduating, Rizk’s creative interests began to turn to fine art and illustration, particularly mixed media collage. While working as a Graphic Designer at Melbourne’s No.1 selling newspaper, The Herald Sun, his interest in collage continued to develop and by 2006 it became a focus of his endeavours.
Since his shift of focus to fine art and illustration in 2006 and his pursuit of developing his style, Rizk has earned international recognition and has been noted as one of the contemporary masters of collage, as well as one of the premier mixed media artists working today.
Working mediums include collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, solvent transfers and acrylic transfers. The work is highly textured and often multi-layered with a nostalgic and weathered quality. Rizk’s works can often be vibrant with colour, while others display a very refined or minimal palette.
Working methods also extend to digital collage with a very gritty and realistic display of texture and layering. The digital work began as an experiment in blurring the line between handmade collage and digital collage and it only makes up a small fraction of his entire body of work.
Other work includes freelance illustration, design and art commissions for various clients including news and editorial publications, galleries, university institutes, the boutique fashion industry and the music and entertainment industry.
Exhibitions include solo shows and group shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Miami, London, Berlin, West Cork (Ireland), Stockholm, Zurich, Barcelona, Madrid and Milan.
Rizk's work has been published in numerous high profile art magazines and books and his work is held in private collections worldwide.