Rieko Seto was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She earned a BFA from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan, and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She participated in several Artist Residency programs in the United States.
Seto exhibited her work in institutions in New York, Istanbul, Finland, and Japan including Asahi Gallery in Hiroshima, Japan; Gallery New Kuwamoto in Hiroshima, Japan; Hiroshima City Museum, the Philadelphia Art Alliance in Pennsylvania, and Osaka Banpaku Park Tekkoukan in Japan. In 2004, she won a Jeans Factory Art Award Grand Prix, was elected Encore Artist of Gallerist in 2006 and accepted for the Pilsen International Biennial of Drawing in 2010.