He studied painting in Paris under Alexandre Cabanel, professor at the School of Fine Arts and the painter of Napoleon III. After the end of his studies he remained and worked in the French capital, involving himself deeply in artistic activity. He took part in many Paris Salons, as well as the World Exhibitions of 1878 and 1900. In the latter, he presented, among others, his “Athenian Evening” for which he won the silver medal. For the same work he received a commendation at the Artistic Exhibition of Athens in 1899. He also participated in the Panhellenies exhibitions of 1888 and 1889 at the Zappeion Hall and in exhibitions at the Parnassos Hall in 1901 and 1902.
Iakovos Rizos, even though he was a friend of Renoir and an admirer of Degas and lived in Paris during the time when the impressionist movement appeared, preferred to follow the doctrines of his teacher and the French academic tradition.
In his work the main role is played by elegant female figures, who are depicted in aristocratic interiors, employed at the occupations of the nobility, in the context of the Belle Epoque. On a more limited scale he was also involved with landscape, adopting impressionistic-plein air perceptions