Riccardo Federici was born in Roma in 1976. He took up an early interest for drawing and painting, while playing the drums. After getting his art diploma, he attended the Architecture Faculty in The Sapienza University of Roma. At the same time, he studied physiology. He was drawing anatomical illustrations, children comic strips, and ad campaign illustrations, until he signed an edition contract for the realisation of two comic strip albums 'La Madone de Pellini'.
In 2009 he started work on a graphic novel called Saria -each page is painted. His desire for creation lead him to painting, mostly with oils and to sculpting.
Currently he is working on covers and interior art for DC Comics and creator owned titles, including Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Birdman. Riccardo designed the Batman Metal characters for the biggest DC Comics series of 2017; Dark Nights: Metal. He also did the full interior art by hand for Batman Metal: Murder Machine #1.