Biography / Artist Statement
Born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines, Richie N. Vios hails from an artistic family. In 1995, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and worked as a faculty member, teaching architectural design and presentation.
In 2004 his family left the Philippines in hopes of a better future in America. For the next five years, he worked closely as an architectural designer at an architectural firm in Clearwater, Florida until his family decided to move again to Baltimore, Maryland.
Seeking to introduce more western architectural concepts in Southeast Asia, Richie returned to the Philippines by himself to share, develop, and construct many of the things he had learned in America. During his five years there, he worked in his spare time to refine and hone a unique mastery of watercolor painting evident in all of his art to this day. In the summer of 2017, his family would move back down to south Texas and after being away from them so long he made sure to be there for them in Victoria, Texas. That is where he knew he could passionately chase the American dream again, not as an architect, but a watercolor impressionist and pleinair artist. He is currently a resident artist in Victoria Art League and conducts watercolor classes and workshops in Galveston, Houston, Victoria, Rockport, Corpus Christi.
Richie’s artist statement says: “I believe that the mark of a good artist is to be able to capture the different facets of life in his painting, the mode, ambiance, etc. In a sense, not just illustrating or recording what he sees, but expressing what he feels. As a plain-air artist, watercolor is the perfect medium of choice; handy, quick to dry, yet delivers a truly magnificent work of art. Trust me, if you paint with no fear and a smile on your face, you can paint a masterpiece every time!”
Richie has won the Corpus Christi 2020 All Members Show, Best of Show award; the EnPleinair Texas 2019 Spirit of San Angelo award; and placed second at the Outdoor Painters Society Pleinair 2019 in Galveston, Texas and won back-to-back first place awards at the Art Center Corpus Christi all members Show in 2018-2019.