Beloved Pop Artist James Rizzi, creator of unusual projects worldwide, Dies at Age 61

artwork: US Pop Art artist James Rizzi stands in front of his work "In the Spirit of Peace", painted on a fragment of the Berlin Wall, during the opening of his exhibition "Rizzi's World - 60 Years of James Rizzi" in Bremen, northern Germany. James Rizzi, a New York-born and based pop artist best known for his playful and childlike three-dimensional sculptures, and unique outdoor creations has died. He was 61.

New York City.- James Rizzi, the world famous pop artist died peacefully in his sleep at his studio in SoHo, New York, the night after Christmas. Rizzi’s managers, Art 28 GmbH & Co. KG, based in Stuttgart, Germany, said in a statement on its website that the artist died peacefully at his studio in New York’s SoHo district on Monday. They gave no cause of death, but he was known to have had a heart condition. His sudden and unexpected death comes as a shock to family, friends, and collectors alike. James Rizzi became famous for the 3D paper sculptures he invented, the playful and childlike forms and bright colors were to become his artistic trademark.