Richard Bollers was born in Georgetown, Guyana. He began his formal art studies at an early age and at 16 he started attending classes at the E.R. Burrowes School of Art for a four years diploma course majoring in painting. After graduating he left Guyana to study towards another four years degree at the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba.
He graduated as a tutor in drawing and painting as major subjects, as well as graphic printing as a minor subject. He also works in ceramics, textile design, weaving techniques and sculpture.
In September 1983 he returned to Guyana and started to tutor the third and fourth year students at the E.R Burrowes School of Art where he started as a student in 1975. He worked there until December 1986.
He then moved to Botswana in 1987 with his South African wife whom he met when they were studying in Cuba. From 1987 to 1989 he worked as a graphic artist and photographer at L M. publications, Gaborone, Botswana, and then till 1992 as a graphic artist at Gaborone Printing Works, Botswana.
In October 1992 he and his family moved to South Africa after the unbanning of the ANC and lived in Johannesburg. He then moved to Welkom where he lectured in painting and drawing at the Welkom Technical College. He also lectured at Welkom High School in painting, drawing and history of art.
From 1995 to 2013 he was employed as the Art Unit Manager at Mmabana Cultural Center in Thaba Nchu in the Free State, and from 2013 to 2014 he worked as the Acting Head of the Mmabana Cultural Center.
From 2003 to 2013 he also served on the Advisory Committee of the Fine Arts Unit at the Central University of Technology of the Free State
From 2004 till today he has been serving on the Advisory Committee at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, while working as the Head of the Master Crafter unit at the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
His work has been exhibited multiple times, and in 2000 he received the Sasol New Signatures Judges' Award. Over the past ten year he has also had several combined exhibitions at the Macufe Art Exhibition.