Rinaldo Paluzzi was an American-Spanish Abstract Art and Geometric abstraction painter and sculptor in the post-World War II era. He was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and died in Madrid, Spain.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, he was a student at the John Herron School of Art (now a part of Indiana University) from 1948 to 1950. He then left to attend the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy until the end of 1951. After returning to the Herron, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1953. He remained at the Herron, where in 1957 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts.
He is best known in the United States for Totem a towering sculpture located in Celebration Plaza, White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana. Made of stainless steel, it is a triangular shaped vertical tube with triangular and trapezoidal cut-outs in the steel. It was constructed in 1982, and sits centered atop a concrete circle with a sundial face. Other sculptures are on display in Amsterdam, Paris, Spain, Switzerland and California.
Paluzzi’s work is included in the museum collections of: Norton Simon Museum, California; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Evansville Museum, Illinois; Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania; Brooks Museum of Art, Tennessee; Purdue University, Indiana; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museo de Art Contemporaneo Union Fenosa, Spain; Krannert Art Museum, Illinois; Fundacion Juan March, Madrid; and Indiana State University, Indiana.