About the Artist

Her Majesty Elizabeth II unveils Madsen's Shakespeare for San Diego's Old Globe Theatre     


Roy Paul Madsen is a member of America's National Sculpture Society and, in 2015, was inducted for career achievement as a Fellow of the Society.  


Madsen, who holds a doctorate, has studied art at the University of Illinois, University of Wyoming, University of Southern California, and the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  


In New York, Madsen's sculptures are shown often at annual exhibitions of the National Sculpture Society, Allied Artists, Audubon Artists, American Artists Professional League, and Hudson Valley Art Association.


In other parts of America, his sculptures have been exhibited at annual shows of the Loveland Annual Sculpture Invitational, Defenders of Wildlife, San Diego Museum of Fine Art Artists' Guild, Temecula Wildlife Art Exhibition, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Mountain Oyster Club Invitational, American Fine Arts Collegium, Peppertree Ranch Invitational, Redlands Museum Wildlife Exhibition, and others.


Roy Madsen, "Mating Dance of the Whooping Cranes" (wax engraving - detail)          




  • National Sculpture SocietyJohn Spring Art Founder Award
  • Audubon ArtistsElliot Liskin Award
  • American Artists Professional LeagueThe President's Award
  • Hudson Valley Art AssociationThe Michael Gressel Award
  • Audubon Artists: The Richard L. Marini Award
  • Hudson Valley Art AssociationPietro and Alfrieda Montana Award
  • Huntington HartfordFellowship in Residence
  • Screen Director's GuildFellowship in Design
  • La Jolla Art AssociationAlfred Mitchell First Place Award
  • Stacey Prize in Painting
  • Redlands Museum Wildlife Art ExhibitionFirst Award
  • Temecula Wildlife Art ExhibitionBest of Show
  • American Artists Professional LeagueThe Kathryn Thayer Hobson Award
  • Hudson Valley Art AssociationThe Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award

Wildlife and Native American mythology have been lifelong interests, and these subjects provide the content for Madsen's art. His wax engravings have been featured in American Artist magazine and in the book Wax as Art Form, by Thelma Newman. His sculptures and writings have been featured in Southwest Art and Wildlife Art, and cited in National Sculpture Review, London Times, San Diego Union, and other periodicals.


In addition to portrait commissions, Madsen was commissioned to create a heroic bronze of William Shakespeare to head the foyer of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California. The sculpture was unveiled by Her Royal Majesty Elizabeth II in a media event that was broadcast throughout the U.S.A. by the major networks, and by the BBC across Great Britain.


Roy Madsen, "The Prince of Darkness" (wax engraving - detail)             



  • Fellow, National Sculpture Society
  • Allied Artists
  • American Artists Professional League
  • Audubon Artists
  • Hudson Valley Art Association
  • La Jolla Art Association
  • San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

  Roy Paul Madsen, "Barbara with Quetzal"




Madsen is also distinguished for contributions to the American film industry. Professor Emeritus of Film and Television at California State University, San Diego, Roy Madsen's published books include The Impact of Film; Animated Film; and Working Cinema.


Animated Film served, over many years, as a primary resource for animation artists worldwide. The Impact of Film was named a "significant American work" and led to a seven-months speaking tour to twenty-four countries and 41 cities, in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East under the auspices of the United States Department of State. 


Working Cinema - which was written in collaboration with Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Vilmos Szigmond, Walter Murch, Dean Tavoularis, Robert Watts, Norman Corwin, and other artists at the peak of their respective crafts in film-making - was named "Best Designed Book" in its year of publication.


Madsen has been a media consultant to the United States Department of State, United States Information Agency, United States Navy, United States Department of Justice, and nine District Attorneys’ Offices, for whom he testified in trials as an expert witness for the prosecution.


Madsen's biography has appeared in Who's Who in the West, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of International Biography, Who's Who in American Art, and Marquis Who's Who in America.


The artist is married to the accomplished painter Barbara Jean Madsen, and has three children, two of them also artists


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