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 as a faculty member, teaching architectural design and presentation. In 2004, his family 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 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 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 the south of 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. Richie is currently a resident artist in Victoria Art League and conducting watercolor classes and workshops from Galveston, Houston, Victoria, Rockport, and Corpus Christi – primarily in the south of Texas.