Robert Fones was born in London, Ontario in 1949. He attended London's famous H.B. Beal Secondary School (a.k.a Beal Tech), and is primarily known as a visual artist. In 1989, The Power Plant in Toronto organized a survey exhibition entitled Robert Fones, Selected Works 1979-1989. Along with literary works published by Coach House, Fones has also published catalogues in relation to his exhibitions and artist's books with Art Metropole. Some of his books include Kollages (1970), Anthropomorphiks (1971), The Forest City (1974) and Head Paintings (1998).