His many-sided activities which comprised writing, painting, and engraving have left more than a hundred engravings, about a thousand canvases, and two hundred books of essays and novels.
He spends his youth horseback between Madrid, Pamplona, and Bilbao studying engineering and library management. Soon afterwards he starts to illustrate his brother’s books and gets into the artistic circles of Madrid. Ricardo Baroja takes part in a various National Expositions of Fine Arts and in 1903 together with Picasso and Francisco de Asis and Soler he founds the group of “Young Art”. He is considered as one of the engravers successors of Goya and the most outstanding works are exactly the engravings depicting a day-to-day life.
In 1920 he becomes one of the founders of the Society of Spanish Engravers and five years later he presents the new production of the Comet with Maria Guerrero’s company. In 1928 he teaches at the National School of Graphic Arts.
Ricardo Baroja is awarded the national prize in literature in 1935 for his work La Nao Capitanaand in the same year he begins to write articles in the Diary of Madrid on evening parties in Madrid that will later enter his book People of the 98 (1952).
With the break out of the civil war he looses his house in Madrid and settles in the village of Itzea. After having suffered because of the conflict he exhibits his works again in San Sebastian, Bilbao and Madrid since 1940 onwards. In 1949 he founds the Artistic Association of Guipúzcoa.
After his death, in 1959 his widow dedicates him a commemorating exposition of all his works.