Risa Recio (b. 1985, Hong Kong) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work manifests as objects, videos, performances, linguistic translation, and swimming. Recio’s material choices can be interpreted as an allusion to water and/or the beach in order to dialogue with the geopolitical unrest present today in Southeast Asia and importantly, her home country of the Philippines. Through interrogation of issues regarding personal and cultural identity via the syntax of games and sport, she creates systems of weight, balance, and tension. Personally-rooted conceptual pursuits and material metaphor define the core of her practice – a site which consists of players, distractions, idols, joy, and defeat.
Recio received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College in 2007 and moved back to the Philippines where she cultivated her painting practice. In 2013, she moved to Chicago to further her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving her MFA in 2016. It was during this time that she developed a sculptural and material-based practice, creating spaces and objects that address a cross-cultural identity rooted in contemporary geopolitics. She is an advocate and educator of Chicago youth, facilitating healing and trauma therapy through glassblowing.