Surf- and Ocean-Inspired Art in Costa Rica

Riding a CheBoards surfboard on this beast of a wave
Riding a CheBoards surfboard on this beast of a wave | © CheBoards
Jenn Parker

Costa Rica is an artist’s muse. Her lush jungles drip with cloud dew; the harmonious animal choir brings the airwaves to life against electric sunsets; the deep turquoise seas kiss the white, black, and shell-laced beaches; the colorful and cordial culture of the Costa Rican people inspires, as does the sense of security and freedom that comes from a country without an army. Costa Rica is a place with inspiration in every nook and cranny. The ocean is the primordial birthplace of all animal life on earth and the source of creativity for some who find a deeper connection to it.

There are artists in Costa Rica who pay homage to this source through their art. The following artists either live in Costa Rica full-time, part-time, or have spent a significant period of time living there. Words can not properly describe the talent here, but photographs of some of their work will do just the trick.

Maria Soledad de la Riva

Pura vida vibes
Keep your channels open

Robb Havassy

In your wildest dreams
The feminine sea

Johnny Coopwood

Inside the artist’s studio
A gem in Costa Rica
Mind surf

David Artavia

Costa Rica dreamscape
Dancing palms
Yes please!

Kathryn Colvig

Deep in a blissful barrel
Wedged up

EK Art Jewelry

What mermaids wear
Fossilized coral found on the beach


Fresh sticks
Fun quiver
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