Painter and sculptor born in Corleone (Palermo), Rizzo attended the Academy of arts in Palermo
here he was a student of Ettore De Maria Bergler, Salvatore Marchesi, Ernesto Basile, Mario Rutelli e Vincenzo Ragusa. In 1918 he moved to Rome where he met Marinetti, leader of the Futurist movement. Fascinated, he dedicated his subsequent works to futurism and founded a futurist center in his native Sicily. Rizzo led the Sicilian Futurism, in close contact with Marinetti, and organized the National Futurist Exhibition in Palermo in 1927.
In 1926 Rizzo exhibited his works for the first time at the Venice Biennale and then again in 1928. In 1929 he became Secretary of the Fascist Union of Sicilian artists. Starting in 1930 Rizzo moved away from Futurism to approach the Realism of Carlo Carra. In 1936 he was appointed Director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo. Among his students were Gino Speciale and Renato Guttuso. Other young Sicilian artists attended his study assiduously including Lia Pasqualino Noto, Giovanni Varvaro and Nino Franchina who, along with Renato Guttuso, formed the “Group of Four”. From 1960 to 1962 Rizzo was Director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.