Joseph-Richard Veilleux, R.C.A., was born in 1948 in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec. Having studied the History of Greek and Roman Art, as well as drawing and color, he perfected his training in painting during an internship at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1970. Six years later, he obtained his master's degree in experimental psychology on experimental aesthetics at Laval University.
He exhibited for more than 40 years; his works are present in several private and public collections in Quebec, Canada, the United States and Europe.
This recognition of the environment has earned him to be elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 2012, Joseph-Richard Veilleux received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
In 2015, he was elected President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Quebec's first title since 1880. Strongly involved in the arts, Joseph-Richard Veilleux is a colorful man, generous with an inexhaustible energy.