Born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1930, Richard Reid now lives in Christina Lake, British Columbia, 300 miles east of Vancouver. After graduating high school, Richard attended the Manitoba Technical Institute and received a Diploma in Architectural Drawing. In the following year, he entered the School of Art at the University of Manitoba and received his BFA in 1955. He lived and worked in Mexico for several months, and then lived and painted from 1960 - 64 in Europe. He was Chairman of Young Commonwealth Artists, London, England, 1961-64. He returned to Canada in 1964. From 1965 to 1970, he taught with the Vancouver School Board in the Adult Education Program. From 1970 to 1979, he was with the Fine Arts Department at the University of British Columbia, as Assistant Professor and Chairman of the BFA Program. After leaving Vancouver, Richard became the founding Director of the Grand Forks Art Gallery (1984-2003) and a teacher in Emily Carr College of Art & Design's Outreach Program. He has received three Canada Council awards, and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004. He was an Advisory Board Director of CARFAC-BC from 1999 to 2006.