Rizi was first trained by Vincencio Carducho. He became painter to Philip IV in 1656, and held the office under Charles II, who added to it the deputy-keepership of the royal keys. A few years prior, he was appointed painter to the Cathedral of Toledo. Rizi died at El Escorial.
Among his works are:
- The decoration with Pedro Nuñez of the theatre in the Real Alcázar of Madrid (1648).
- Religious scenes in the Chapel of Antonio.
- Scenery for the theatre of the Parque del Buen Retiro.
- Sketch for the retable of the Host of Gorkum (the paintings for which were later completed by Claudio Coello) in the Sacristy of El Escorial.
- "Auto de Fé en la plaza Mayor de Madrid".
- Antonio Palomino, An account of the lives and works of the most eminent Spanish painters, sculptors and architects, 1724, first English translation, 1739, p. 112
- Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong & Robert Edmund Graves (ed.). Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. p. 388.
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