Tuesday, January 31, 2012

R.I.P. Al Rio

Art: Al Rio
Art: Al Rio
It has been reported by Brazilian journalists that comic book artist Al Rio has recently died.

Known especially for his Gen 13 and DV8 work for Wildstorm, and more recently for his Zenescope covers, especially Grimm Fairy Tales. Al Rio had worked across the comics industry, both in Brazil and in the USA, including the likes of Grifter & The Mask, Alan Moore’s Voodoo, Avengylene for Avatar, World War Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man and New Mutants.

The respected Brazilian journalist Sidney Gusman, after talking to those close to the family reports that is was apparently suicide, but that no note had been left.

Art: Al Rio
Our thoughts are with his family.

See original link: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/01/31/al-rio-passes/
I did not know Al Rio personally, but I did have the honor of working with him on the first issue of Jungle Fantasy for Avatar Press several years ago. Al drew with such a beautiful line and his work was always visually exciting. And boy could he draw the most beautiful ladies.
My condolences to his family and to my friend, Terry Maltos, who is Al's friend and art dealer. Both the man and his talent will be missed.

Art: Al Rio
You can learn more about Al Rio and his art at http://www.alrioart.com/.
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ComicArt said...

Thank you for your kind words Bobby.

Bobby Nash said...

My pleasure.