Born in 1972, Risa Wada is an emerging Malaysian-based artist whose spouse is a Japanese. She specialises in contemporary art through the creative application of flat acrylic painting designs. She graduated with Eric Lim Fashion Design School, Penang 1988 - 1991. Upon graduation, she worked in an investment bank for 18 years. She pursued a diploma in Business Administration with Stamford College Kuala Lumpur 1997 - 1999, to expand her skill set for her career.

However, she decided that investment banking was not for her and aspired to be an artist that she always dreamt to be since childhood days.


In 2016, Risa started her first Wild Desert Cactus Collection. She caught her cat, Toro, staring at the cacti for long periods of time. This caused her to wonder how Toro views the world around him.

Her curiosity in Mother Nature peaked as she imagined how the soul or spirit in cacti, plants and trees remain unknown to human, as though they are aliens.

Toro inspired her to view everyday life through a more creative lens. In her artwork, she combines two common aspects of life: Mother Nature and Human Emotions.

Art Studio.

Studio at Malaysia

A place where she works in Kuala Lumpur

Studio at Japan

A place where she works in Ibaraki Prefecture

Risa Wada

At work