In 2005, he created a statue based on the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute titled Victory Salute, a twenty-two foot tall monument of two men: Tommie Smith and John Carlos. In the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, these men each raised a black-gloved fist for human rights. Their simple gesture of the hand is considered as one of the most controversial statements of political and social activism in Olympic history. Victory Salute is a monument of that moment which was specifically built on the San Jose State University campus because Smith and Carlos were both student-athletes at the college.
Rigo is one of the founding members of Clarion Alley Mural Project collective and is still an active member, as of 2006, as well as an occasional professor at The San Francisco Art Institute.
He has also designed several installations as part of the 2006 Liverpool Biennial. He is considered by some art critics and curators to be part of the first generation of the San Francisco Mission School art movement. His work is in the collection of di Rosa.
1991 - Chauncey McKeever Award, San Francisco Art Institute
1994 - WESTF/NEA Regional Fellowshipfor Visual Arts
1996 - One Tree, Best Public Art Project of the Year, San Francisco Bay Guardian
1997 Stoli, San Francisco Arts Achievement Award Secession Gallery, Visual Art Residency Fellowship Award, Taiwan