Luis Royo was born in 1954 in Olalla, Teruel (Spain). He studied technical delineation, painting, decoration and interior design in the Industrial Mastery School and the Applied Arts School in Zaragoza. He also worked on several interior design studies between 1970 and 1979.
From 1972 to 1976 he took part in a series of collective painting exhibitions on a national level. In 1977 he created large-format paintings using mixed techniques, which were exhibited in several cities.
From 1978 on, he started drawing comics for different fanzines, and in 1980 his works were exhibited in the Angoulŕme Fair. His work as an illustrator has continued, and he is considered one of the foremost Fantasy Art illustrators in the world.