Rick Amor was born in Frankston, Victoria in 1948. In 1965 he completed a Certificate of Art at the Caulfield Institute of Art and from 1966 to 1968 studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, where he received an Associate Diploma of Painting. He has been the recipient of several Australia Council studio residencies which have allowed him to work in London, New York and Barcelona. In 1999 he was appointed as the official war artist to East Timor by the Australian War Memorial, the first Australian war artist since the Vietnam years.
Rick Amor has held over 50 solo exhibitions of his work since first exhibiting at Joseph Brown Gallery in 1974 and has shown annually at Niagara Galleries for the past 20 years. A major survey exhibition of his paintings was curated by McClelland Gallery in 1990 and toured various regional galleries in Victoria and South Australia throughout 1990 and 1991. In 1993 another exhibition, mounted by Bendigo Art Gallery, toured Victoria and Tasmania, celebrating his work as a printmaker and graphic artist. An important exhibition of Amor’s bronze sculpture was undertaken by Benalla Art Gallery in 2002, including many maquettes never previously exhibited. In 2001 The Miegunyah Press published Gary Catalano’s biography The Solitary Watcher: Rick Amor and his Art, and in 2005 Amor’s paintings were again the subject of a major survey exhibition at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Melbourne. In 2007 Amor won the McClelland Sculpture Prize and in 2008 a second book, Rick Amor, by Gavin Fry, was published by The Beagle Press. The Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Victoria, staged A Single Mind in March 2008, a survey exhibition of Amor's paintings from 1962 to 2007.
Rick Amor is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, and numerous State Gallery, Regional Gallery and University collections throughout Australia. He lives and works in Melbourne.