8 Kiley Court

8 Kiley Court, Romanos Rizk studio, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

8 Kiley Court, Romanos Rizk studio, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Firefighter saving a Romanos Rizk painting during the February 2015 blaze, by Daniel Gómez Llata.

Firefighter saving a Romanos Rizk painting during the February 2015 blaze, by Daniel Gómez Llata.

Like his next-door neighbors on Kiley Court, Sal Del Deo and Ciro Cozzi, Romanos Rizk came to town in the 1940s to study with Henry Hensche. He had a turn working at Ciro & Sal’s, as a cook. But he quit to devote himself to his art. “The only reason I don’t sell enough paintings is because I don’t have faith,” he said. “If I devote myself to painting, the paintings will sell.” Rizk was a native of Providence, born to Lebanese parents, who was strongly influenced by Asian art. His wife, Grace Rizk, an artisan in her own right, bought this property from Florence Kenney in 1958. During one of the hardest winters in memory, in February 2015, the 93-year-old Mrs. Rizk was rescued from a dreadful fire here by Police Officer Christopher Landry. Firefighters streamed in from around the lower Cape, saving what they could of Rizk’s canvases.


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