The sculptor has studied art at the University of Illinois, University of Wyoming, University of Southern California and American Academy of Art in Chicago, and in Cowboy Artists of America workshops.
Roy Madsen's sculptures and paintings have been represented at various times by some of the finest galleries across the nation. He has received art honors that include the Stacey Prize in painting, a Huntington Hartford Fellowship in Residence/ a Screen Directors Guild Fellowship in Design; and prizes awarded in juried competitions. His commissions include portraits of Frederick Whitaker, NA; Col. Irving Salomon, roving ambassador under President Eisenhower; Simon Edison, benefactor of the Simon Edison Center for the Performing Arts; and Max Eastmas, author and legendary political figure. Further, Madsen was commissioned to create a heroic bronze of William Shakespeare to head the foyer of the new Old Globe Theater in Sand Diego. The sculpture was unveiled by HRM Elizabeth II of England in a media event that was broadcast in the U.S. by all three networks and by the BBC.
Western and wildlife subjects have been his primary focus, with Native American folkways and mythology being an intense lifelong interest. His was engravings have been featured in American Artist magazine and in other periodicals, and in the book Was as Art Form, by Thelma Newman. His sculptures have been cited in the National Sculpture Review, the New York Times, the London Times and the San Diego Union.
As author, Roy Madsen's published books include The Impact of Film, Animated Film, and Working Cinema. He is also editor of Frederick Whitaker's book, The Artist and the Real World. More on Madsen may be found in Who's Who in the West, Contemporary Authors, and the Dictionary in International Biography.