Surf- and Ocean-Inspired Art in Costa Rica

Riding a CheBoards surfboard on this beast of a wave | © CheBoards
Riding a CheBoards surfboard on this beast of a wave | © CheBoards
Photo of Jenn Parker
5 May 2017

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 | © Maria Soledad de la Riva
Keep your channels open | © Maria Soledad de la Riva

Robb Havassy

In your wildest dreams | © Robb Havassy
The feminine sea | © Robb Havassy

Johnny Coopwood

Inside the artist’s studio | © Johnny Coopwood
A gem in Costa Rica | © Johnny Coopwood
Mind surf | © Johnny Coopwood

David Artavia

Costa Rica dreamscape | © David Artavia
Dancing palms | © David Artavia
Yes please! | © David Artavia

Kathryn Colvig

Deep in a blissful barrel | © Kathryn Colvig
Wedged up | © Kathryn Colvig

EK Art Jewelry

What mermaids wear | © EK Art Jewelry
Fossilized coral found on the beach | © EK Art Jewelry


Fresh sticks | © Cheboards
Fun quiver | © Cheboards
Endless color combinations for your custom board | © Cheboards

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