Frederick Joseph Ross was born in 1927 in Saint John, New Brunswick. In 1944, he began his art studies with Ted Campbell at the Saint John Vocational School. Ross studied in Mexico in 1949 with Pablo O'Higgins at Taxco and met Diego Rivera. In 1970, he resigned his position as Supervisor of Art at the Saint John Vocational School to devote his time fully to painting.
Since 1949 his work was exhibited in more than 80 solo and group exhibitions, including the National Gallery in Ottawa. He was honoured by the University of New Brunswick with the Degree of LL.D. and the recipient of many prestigious awards and achievements, including being voted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the of the Order of Canada. He was also inducted into the Order of New Brunswick in 2008.
Fred Ross passed away in 2014. His legacy lives on in his work that is represented in countless private, corporate and important public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.