Galleri Riis was founded in Trondheim in 1972 by collectors Inger and Andreas L. Riis, and it has been based in Oslo since 1980. From 2011 to 2017 the gallery operated a second space in Stockholm which confirmed the gallery's importance on the Scandinavian art scene. The gallery now maintains a by appointment office and showroom in Stockholm; and in August 2016, the Oslo gallery relocated to a renovated 1890's residential building in the city centre. The current exhibition program reflects a long-standing history, with a primary focus on important contemporary art from the Nordic countries including a selective spotlight on international artists. The gallery has over the years also mounted a number of historic exhibitions with contemporary and modern masters. Galleri Riis is owned and directed by Espen Ryvarden and Kristin Elisabeth Bråten.