Pop artist James Rizzi dies aged 61

James Rizzi, a New York-born and based pop artist best known for his playful and childlike three-dimensional sculptures, has died. He was 61.

His managers, Art 28 GmbH & Co. KG, based in Stuttgart, Germany, said in a statement the artist died peacefully at his studio in New York's SoHo district on Monday. They gave no cause of death.

Mr Rizzi was born in Brooklyn and studied art at the University of Florida. He returned to New York in 1974 and first made his name as a street artist.

He became known for his bright, cartoon-like drawings and 3-D constructions.

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