Ron Bolt was born in Toronto in 1938. He studied at Northern Technical School, in Toronto graduating as gold medalist in 1957. He also took night courses at the Ontario College of Art and Ryerson Polytechnic. In 1961 he received an Associate Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
His paintings, prints and limited edition books are in the collections of museums, public galleries and major libraries in Canada and abroad. He has compelted two mural commissions for the governemnt, as well as three books, and a number of installation works.
Bolt paints realistic landscapes, for him places are living records, they provide insights on cultural and national heritage.
In 2003, a Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society sponsored an expedition down the Snake River in the Yukon. Bolt spent over ten days out in the wild.
He has had over fifty solo exhibitions in Public and Commercial galleries in Canada and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, England, Japan and China.
He was the president of The Royal Canadian Academy from 2000-2002.
Now retired, he lives, and paints, in the Greater Toronto Area.