Roméo Savoie was born in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1928. Before he became a visual artist and poet, Savoie worked as an architect in Montreal (from 1956 to 1959) and New Brunswick (from 1959 to 1970). In 1964, while on a yearlong study trip through some 15 European countries, he was drawn by the call of the visual arts. In 1970, Savoie abandoned his career as an architect and began a two-year sojourn in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he devoted himself entirely to painting.
Savoie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Moncton (1950) and a Bachelor of Architecture from the l’École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1956), a Master’s in Plastic Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1988) and an honourary doctorate in Visual Arts from the University of Moncton (1999). Savoie helped found several art galleries, including Galerie Sans Nom and Galerie 12, both located in Moncton and, since 1971, has exhibited his work more than 60 times as a solo artist and as part of a group. Savoie has received numerous awards and distinctions including the Miller Brittain Award (1994) and the Strathbutler Award (1998) and the Order of Canada (2010) for a lifetime of outstanding achievement as a painter, sculptor, architect and author.