Ricardo Carpani studied with Botero and at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, moving to Paris in 1950, where he studied painting at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière and later apprenticed at the atelier of the famed argentine painter Emillo Pettoruti.
In 1950, he exhibited at the Sociedad Estimulo de Bellas Artes, where his paintings caused a sensation and evoked comparison to Rivera and Orozco.
Carpani was founder of the latin americain art movement Espartaco.
He has exhibited at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Rio de Janeiro, the Palazzo delle Esponsizoni de Roma, the D'Arcy Gallery of New York, the Bienale de Menton (France) and the Musée de l'Art Moderne in Paris.
His paintings are in the permanent collections of museums in Buenos Aires, Menton, Barcelona, Punta del Este, Uruguay, Syracuse and New Mexico.
As a note book illustrator, his works include Martin Fierro by José Hernandez and Carlos Gardel with text by David Vinas.
His first works for the stage are the Broadway and touring sets of Tango Pasión which were largely inspired by his last collection of drawings.