Roberto Rizzo was born in Cernusco sul Naviglio (Milan) in 1967.
He started painting in 1985 and has been exhibiting since 1986. He currently lives and works in Milan.
He graduated in 1989 from Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.
Among the main exhibitions, the solo Roberto Rizzo - Paintings in Milan in 2002, Painting the Present in London in 2005 and in Milan in 2006, Meridiani e paralleli in Milan in 2016 and the group Art Diggers in Trieste in 1986, De Pictura Picta in Cusano Milanino (Milan) in 1990, Milano. Milano in Dublin and La fabbrica estetica in Paris in 1993, Astrattamente in Venice in 1995, Periscopio 2002 in Milan, Sei in Mantua, Pitturastratta 1900-2000 in Milan and Astrazione Zero in several Italian venues in 2002, Le figure mancanti in Turin in 2003, Compendium in London, Mutevoli confini in Rome, Abstraction now in Rotterdam and Astrattamente in Milan in 2004, Pittura Aniconica in Mantua in 2008, Astrazione: Nuovi episodi in Milan in 2009, Continua la pittura in Chiavari (Genoa) in 2010.
Essays on his work were written by Giovanni Maria Accame, Angela Madesani and Barry Schwabsky, among the others.
Texts by him were published in a number of art books and catalogues including Parola d’artista. Dall’esperienza aniconica: scritti di artisti italiani 1960-2006 edited by Giovanni Maria Accame, 2007.
In 2007 he started the project Forma sostenibile (Sustainable Form) to overcome postmodern neoformalistic and neoconceptual academisms.
He taught in 2011-2013 at Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia and in 2014-2016 at Accademia di Belle Arti in Lecce.
Since 2017 he has been teaching Decoration and Contemporary Sacred Art at Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.