Born in Toronto, Robert Bateman was a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. Bateman painted wildlife and wilderness in a representational style until his teens when he began to interpret nature using a variety of contemporary styles, including post-impressionism and abstract expressionism.
In the early 60's, Bateman discovered realism and began to develop the style that would make him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature. In the 70's and early 80's, Bateman's work began to receive critical acclaim and to attract an enormous following.
His work is in many public and private collections, including several art museums. His honors, awards and honorary doctorates are numerous; he was made Officer of the Order of Canada, that country's highest civilian award.