Riga was born in Chile and spent her early years in Australia before coming to England at the age of seven. She went on to study Art at Oxford Brooks University and then trained in Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art, London Institute, where she received her BA Hons Degree with both installation and painting work.  Shortly afterwards she created several large public displays of installation work in Sydney, Australia, and in London, UK. 


Riga then moved to Sussex, raised a family and wrote and published three books before returning to her fine art practice professionally. Many of Riga's paintings and commissions now belong to private collections across the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

In 2020 she was shortlisted for the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Artist Award 2020 and featured in both a solo show (2020) and group show (2021) at the Star Brewery Gallery, Lewes. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Royal Cambrian Art Prize and exhibited in the Visual Artist’s Association International Exhibition. She was also shortlisted for the Visual Arts Open International Exhibition 2021.

In 2021 she was a prize-winner in the Painting Awards at the Florence Biennale 2021  and had a solo show at Alistair Fleming in Lewes.

Riga’s landscape paintings are inspired by the dynamic shapes, elements, moods and drama of weather and light within nature. She is passionate about protecting the environment and painting the British landscape and she has also travelled extensively and enjoys working with her experience of global influences. Her painting practice combines working from sketches and photos captured directly in the landscape as well as from memory, imagination and found images. 


Riga Forbes now lives and works as a freelance artist in Sussex, UK. In 2022 her paintings are available for sale through britishcontemporary.art and Singulart  as well as through Galleria Turelli in Tuscany, Italy. Riga will also be exhibiting  paintings in the group 'River' show at the Star Brewery Gallery Lewes Artwave, September 2022. For more information, please see the Events page.