Laguna Plein Air Signature Artist Richie N. Vios
Born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines, Richie N. Vios hails from an artistic family. Studying architecture, in 1995 he graduated with a bachelor’s architecture degree and University faculty member, teaching architectural design and presentation. In 2004 they decided to leave the Philippines in hopes of a better future in America. For the next five years, he worked closely as an architectural designer at a local architectural firm in Clearwater, Florida until his family decided to move 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 from America. During the next five years there, in his spare time, he refined and honed 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 to south Texas and after being away from them so long he made sure to be there for them in Victoria, Texas. That’s where he knew he could passionately chase the American dream again not as an Architect but as a watercolor impressionist and PleinAir artist. Currently, he lives in Austin Texas but travels most of the time to compete PleinAir events all over the United States and conducts watercolor workshops along the way.