Ronald Spickett was born in 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He took classes with Augustus Kenderdine at the Regina Sketch Club. He spent a year at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
He worked as an editorial cartoonist for the Regina Leader-Post and served in the Royal Canadian Navy for some time.
He moved to Calgary to attend the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art from 1946-1949.
He worked as a window display artist from 1949 to 1955 in Toronto, Ontario.
He taught at the Alberta College of Art from 1957-1967 and in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary from 1967-1982.
His early works were often figurative while his later paintings were more abstract. He is a member of The Royal Canadian Academy.
Ronald Spickett lives in Calgary, Alberta he is often known by his Buddhist name, Gyo-Zo.