Born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, Olabarrieta, a distinguished celebrated architect by profession, is now pursuing full time, his life long passion of painting. His latest series of work is a departure from architecture and more a playful study of his inner expressions of colors, shapes and volume.
As a child Olabarrieta's parents saw his natural talent to draw and paint. Wanting to hone his innate skills they sent him to study under master painter from Spain, Carlos Marichal in Yauco and in Ponce, PR.
Olabarrieta says "I always knew I wanted to pursue my studies in architecture, and if not, I wouldn't study anything else. " Following his dream he went to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Soon after he returns to Puerto Rico and joined an established architecture firm as a partner, ten years latter he established his own firm Arquitectura R.D. Olabarrieta, A.I.A.
Through out his successful career as an architect he always found time to paint and has exhibited his art in collective and private individual shows. He work won many awards in recognition for his designs, master planning and the restoration of historical buildings in the island.
Today Ronnie resides in Puerto Rico and in Miami.