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Vivienne J Riggio’s artistic journey is a testament to a life steeped in observation and the transformation of the mundane into the extraordinary. Born in Murphysboro, Illinois, and now residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Riggio’s path to becoming an artist was as intuitive as it was inevitable. From her earliest memories, she was captivated by the world’s shapes, images, and designs, finding solace and expression in the arts from a tender age. Her childhood, characterized by a quiet introspection and a deep internalization of her surroundings, laid the foundation for her unique artistic language, which she began articulating through three-dimensional art as early as five years old.

Riggio’s creative process is a symphony of collaboration where the natural, textiles, usual and unusual findings, and second-hand oddities find new life in her art. She describes her style as democratic, allowing each material to have a voice and contribute to the artwork’s narrative. This approach is not just a method but a philosophy, treating each piece as a collective expression of disparate elements coming together. Her studio is a crucible where spontaneous and recurring images, tactile sensations, and the serendipitous discovery of objects converge, setting the stage for her creations.

The artist’s work is a dialogue with materials, a testament to her belief in the power of touch, and the potential of objects to communicate and inspire. Whether it’s the texture of fabric, the form of a leaf, or the history imbued in a found object, Riggio trusts in the organic development of her pieces, allowing her artistic vision to unfold with a combination of intention and serendipity. This process reflects her deep connection to her environment and her commitment to a practice that is both introspective and outward-looking, rooted in personal experience yet universally resonant.



Vivienne Riggio’s body of work is a celebration of three-dimensional form, an exploration that began with her background in fashion design and evolved through her experiences in costuming including a summer with the Santa Fe Opera. Her fascination with draping and shaping materials over forms translates into her current sculptures, where she melds the organic with the fabricated to create pieces that resonate with a sense of life and history. Her “DressScapes”, a series that transforms what would seem like a garment into a fantastic artifact, demonstrates her ability to transform fabric and form into narratives of texture, movement, and space.

Riggio’s current focus on fiber-art animal sculptures is a further testament to her innovative approach to form and material. Starting with the basic structure of a sheep’s head crafted from papier-mâché, she layers authentic and faux fur, incorporating handcrafted elements like papier-mâché horns and meticulously designed costumes from upcycled materials. Her use of colcha embroidery, a traditional Southwestern technique, not only connects her work to regional artistic heritage but also adds a layer of cultural and historical depth to her sculptures.

The artist’s work is a dialogue between the past and present, the natural and the constructed, and the local and the global. Her pieces are not just objects of visual intrigue but are imbued with stories and meanings that extend beyond their physical boundaries. Riggio’s sculptures invite viewers to explore the interplay of texture, form, and meaning, offering a tactile and visual experience that is both intimate and expansive. Through her art, she not only reimagines the potential of materials and forms but also invites us to reconsider our relationship with the objects and environments that surround us.

La Churrita ©
65″ x 36″ x 30″
Nidra Guide ©
60″ x 45″ x 36″



My art is an extension of my being, an expression of my observations, interactions, and the deep-seated urge to translate the essence of what I perceive into tangible forms. I am driven by an innate curiosity about the world, a profound respect for the natural environment, and an unwavering commitment to exploring the nuances of materiality and form. My creations are not merely objects but are imbued with the stories, textures, and the very soul of the materials I engage with. They are dialogues with the past, present, and future, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of discovery and introspection.

The core of my artistic philosophy lies in the genuine, unfiltered interaction with the world around me. Whether I am enveloped by the tranquility of nature or immersed in the bustling energy of a city, every experience is a wellspring of inspiration. My art is a means of distilling these experiences, transforming them into a language of shapes, textures, and forms that resonate on a visceral level. This process is not just about creation but is a form of communication, a way of sharing my perspective and inviting others to see the world through a different lens.

What motivates me to create is the endless potential for transformation—an object, a piece of fabric, a fleeting image can become a conduit for profound expressions and conversations. My aim is to create art that not only captivates visually but also engages on an emotional and intellectual level, prompting reflection and eliciting a sense of wonder. Through my work, I strive to offer a moment of connection, an opportunity for viewers to engage with their surroundings and their inner selves in new and unexpected ways.




  • Undergraduate Art Classes, CSUS Sacramento
  • Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising


  • Various Exhibits in San Francisco Bay Area, Albuquerque, Abiquiu, and Santa Fe, New Mexico


  • Best in Show, Best in Class, Most Creative for “La Churitta”



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