Richard James Rivet received a B.A. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton (1972), a B.F.A. from the University of Victoria (1980), and an M.F.A and B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan (1985, 86). From 1980 to 1981, he studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Throughout, Rivet received innumerable grants, scholarships, and awards including the Mungo Martin Award twice, in 1978 and 1983. Rivet is a painter who integrates Western and shamanistic art traditions into expressionistic depictions of historical events and contemporary issues revolving around colonialism. He has taught art in Newfoundland and Manitoba, served as a jurist for the Indian Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (1983), the Canada Council (1995), and is a board member of the Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry (SCANA).