Riga was born in Chile and spent her early years in Australia before coming to England at the age of seven. She studied 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.
She travelled extensively in her 20's and later 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, Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA.
Riga’s landscape paintings are about being in relationship with nature and her personal feelings and lived experience within this interaction. She inspired by the dynamic shapes, elements, moods and drama of weather and light within nature. She is passionate about the British landscape and also 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. At the core of her work is a deep appreciation and care for the environment and its protection.
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 one of the Lorenzo Di Magnifico prize-winners in the Painting Awards at the Florence Biennale 2021 and had a solo show at Alistair Fleming in Lewes. In 2022 she participated in Artwave Festival at Celebrate Cuckmere Haven and Victoria Pavilion and at the Star Brewery Gallery 'River Show'. She also exhibited her landscapes of Britain at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galleria Turelli in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany. She has been shortlisted in 2022 and 2023 for the Wales Contemporary Prize & Exhibitions.
In 2023-24 Riga is being funded by the ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND to make a series of large landscapes of Britain. She now lives and works as a freelance artist in Sussex, UK and her paintings are available for sale through Singulart. For more information about Riga's current and forthcoming exhibitions, please see the Events page.