Robert Austin Scott was born in 1941 in Melfort, Saskatchewan. He studied at the Alberta College of Arts, receiving a diploma in Applied Arts in 1969. Followed by a Master’s in Visual Arts from the University of Alberta in 1976.
Scott taught art, at the University of Alberta’s Department of Art and Design until 1991.
He has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally. He paints modern abstract works using acrylic on canvas and paper. He often uses his fingers rather than just brushes to create his works.
His work is part of the collections at the Edmonton Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Canada, at the Glenbow and Nickle Arts Museums in Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge, among others.
He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.