Rico was born in Yecla, Murcia. He began fine arts studies at San Carlos Polytechnic University of Valencia, graduating in 1991 at the École Superiere du Beaux Arts du Paris.
In 2005, he was selected by the International Affairs Ministry to represent Spain at the XXIIIrd Biennial of Alexandria in Egypt, where he was awarded the Grand Prize.
He has appeared in more than one hundred exhibitions. His work is exhibited at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and many other institutions.