Ri Anderson was born in Boston MA and spent her childhood mainly in New England. She received her MFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art in 2005 where she studied with Abelardo Morrell, Laura McPhee, Frank Golke, Nick Nixon and others. Prior to that she worked as a freelance photographer with clients including the DeCordova Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Senator Paul White, and various institutions and visual artists. She taught at a variety of universities and schools including Massachusetts College of Art, the Boston Photo Collaborative, and the DeCordova Museum School.
In 2005 Anderson moved with her first daughter to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and gave birth to her second daughter there in 2006. Since then she has resided in Mexico where she works as a master printer, co-owns and runs a fine art printing business San Antonio Editions. She established a design studio LoLu Design which specializes in intricate abstract realism applied to wallcoverings and fabrics. She also teaches photography workshops. And, she is a member of a performing aerial circus troupe called Gravityworks.
Anderson’s work has shown at numerous museums and galleries in the US, Canada and Mexico including Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro (Qro., MX), Museo de Bellas Artes (San Miguel de Allende, Gto. MX), Griffin Museum DSI (Belmont MA), Fuller Museum (Brockton MA), DeCordova Museum (Lincoln MA), Photographic Resource Center (Boston MA), Bernard Toale Gallery (Boston, MA), Gallery Nord (San Antonio, TX), and Galeria 6 (Pozos, Gto., MX), among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the DeCordova Museum. Her work has been published in Printmaking Today (UK) and BETA-Developments in Photography (Australia). It has been reviewed in publications including Art New England and Art Papers. She has received awards from Photolucida, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New York Times Magazine, Maine Photographic Workshops, and the Copley Society of Boston, among others.