Born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines, Richie N. Vios hails from an artistic family where even his father, brothers, and sister also paint. Studying architecture, in 1995 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree and started immediately as a faculty member, teaching architectural design and presentation for the next seven years while also establishing himself as a newly-licensed architect. In 2004 they decided to leave the Philippines in hopes of a better future in America, initially settling down in the U.S. state of Florida as permanent residents. For the next five years, he worked closely as an architectural designer at a local architectural firm, until his family decided to move again to the city of 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 first-hand 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, this time in the lone star state, and after being away from them so long he made sure to be there for them in Victoria, Texas. Here in the humble city of Victoria, that’s where he knew he could passionately chase the American dream again not as an Architect but a watercolor impressionist.