Rip was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the US at the age of four. In kindergarten he picked up his first brush, knowing from that early age that he would be an artist. He attended the High School of Art and Design where he studied commercial and fine art. He earned BFA and MFA degrees at the School of Visual Arts, NY. Soon after graduating, he began exhibiting in group shows. Rip says his goal is to create a painting that is compositionally sound. Viewers are invited to create their own interpretation of the narrative presented.