Like his next-door neighbors on Kiley Court, Sal Del Deo and Ciro Cozzi, Raymond Romanos Rizk (1927-2009) had come to Provincetown in the 1940s to study with Henry Hensche. And like Del Deo and Cozzi, he even 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 don’t work, the paintings will sell. 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 and philosophy. His wife, Grace S. Rizk (b 1927), an artisan in her own right, bought this property from Florence Kenney in 1958.
Fifty years later, on the occasion of a retrospective show at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Reva Blau said that Rizk’s work of the past decade — the Lily Pond series of landscapes that hovered tenuously between — could be seen as a synthesis of his whole career. “These paintings give us a peek at the internal ferocity that lurks behind Rizk’s gentlemanly and affable demeanor,” she wrote. (Reva Blau, “Rizk Retrospective Traces a Master’s Work in Divergent Styles,” The Provincetown Banner, 29 May 2008.) • Historic District Survey • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-02-20