Born on a ranch in Callao, Peru, Richard acquired his love for ceramics thanks to his older brother, Victor. In 1995, the duo entered their first contest with a Nativity and won first prize. After their victory, well-seasoned, professional ceramists challenged Victor and Richard to enter more contests. This resulted in more wins, which opened new opportunities as Richard gained international recognition.
A few years later, Richard participated in a contest held in Rome and won first place again. During those earlier years in his career, Richard was offered invitations to travel nationally, including China and the U.S.A. He has traveled and exhibited a few times in the US. During those travels he enjoyed visiting different museums to absorb new ideas and inspiration for his craft. However, he enjoys using older techniques in his work. For example, to achieve the super fine and intricate details on his ceramics, he paints with the tip of a chicken feather; an ancient technique that is not commonly used any more. He often travels to Ayacucho, the land of his parents, to collect pigments for his naturally-colored clays.