Richie Vios

Austin, Texas

"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 sees but expressing what he feels. The subject in front of me is my inspiration, complement with my imagination, charged with my passion and a personal artistic impression embody in my watercolor works."

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 again in 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 down 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's where he knew he could passionately chase the American dream again not as an architect but as a watercolor impressionist and plein air artist. Currently, he lives in Austin Texas but travels most of the time to compete plein air events all over the United States and conduct watercolor workshops along the way. See more about Richie on his website at

Recent Pleinair Awards  

2022 Plein Air Convention Faculty, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2022  Lighthouse Art Gallery  Florida  
2022  Shadow of the Teche Pleinair  Louisiana , Best Quick Draw 
2021 Central City Pleinair CO. 3rd Placer 
2021 Steamboat Museum CO, Historic & 3rd Placer awards 
2021 Pleinair Altitude ,Fraser CO. 1st Placer 
2021 Ester Park Pleinair , CO. 1st Placer 
2021 Alameda Pleinair CA.  1st Placer 
2021 Driggs Pleinair Quick Draw and Artist Choice Award
2021 Pleinair Southwest , Galveston TX ,1st Placer 
2021 Paint Cedarburg Pleinair, Wisconsin, 3rd Placer
2021 Shadow on the Teche Pleinair , New Iberia LA -3rdPlacer 
2020 Steamboat Art Museum, Colorado Pleinair -1st Placer 
2020 Steamboat Art Museum, Colorado Pleinair Historic painting award
2020 Central City Pleinair, Colorado -1st Placer award
2020 Central City Pleinair, Colorado quick draw winner 
2020 Lighthouse Gallery Pleinair Festival, FL.-2nd Placer 
2020 Lighouse Gallery Pleinair Festival, FL Artist Choice Award

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