Robert Christie was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1946. Christie studied at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1967, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1968, and a Bachelor of Education in 1970.
Christie was also an active participant in artists' workshops including those at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, Triangle Artists' Workshop in New York in1990, Thapong International Artists Workshop in Botswana in 1992, and Mashomak Artists' Workshop in New York in 1993. Christie has been involved in Saskatoon's art community as an educator, curator, and organizer for decades. His participation has included serving as an education officer for the Mendel Art Gallery for one year in 1968, as an art teacher at Aden Bowman Collegiate from 1970-1974, a gallery supervisor at Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery from 1972-1982, a lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan from 1977-1988, a curator for exhibitions at the Shoestring Gallery 1978, curator at Mendel Art Gallery in1978 and1980, and co-ordinator of workshops at Emma Lake.
In 1978, Christie co-founded The Gallery Art placement Inc. in Saskatoon.
Since Christie's first group show in 1969 his work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and England in both group and solo exhibitions.
Christie's work is represented in several important collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), Edmonton Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Saskatchewan Arts Board, University of Saskatchewan, Bank of Montreal, and Shell Canada Ltd.