Roome was born in Pietersburg, Northern Province. He studied at Rhodes University and obtained a BA(FA) in 1974 and an MA(FA) in 1975.

Roome then became a lecturer in painting and history of art at Rhodes University. Currently he teaches painting at the Technikon Natal.

He set up a papermaking unit at the Technikon Natal. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in SA. He is represented in public and private collections in SA and abroad.

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