the Artist
“The purpose of my work is to enrich your life with art by capturing every facet of the human experience.”
Born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, MacDonald graduated from Art Center College where he was classically trained. From this beginning, he became a self-taught sculptor who has spent the last 50 years reviving the lost art of figurative sculpture through innovation, passion, and intense commitment. The creation of an extensive body of singularly original works in bronze has brought his name to prominence. An illustrious career with many awards, honors, and public monuments marks Richard MacDonald as one of the leading contemporary figures internationally in the field of contemporary sculpture.
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Richard MacDonald, Lifetime Achievement Award
Awards and Recognition
Richard MacDonald’s 50-year career as an internationally successful artist is summarized in the following, extensive CV. It is important to note that the accolades, awards, and honors listed reveal the depth of the artist’s influence on the art of his time. There are achievements that speak of his encouragement of students and emerging artists who look to him as a mentor, and awards and honors conferred by his peers who acknowledge his achievements and influence. Both ends of this spectrum give a sense of the impact the artist has made on Figurative Sculpture.
The Creation Continues
Richard MacDonald, Spires Exhibition
“Life is short, Art is long"— Hippocrates, 5th BCE.
Art exists outside of the parameters of time—it flows and is not contained. Richard MacDonald brings 50 years of creative thinking to his current work. Five decades of fuel for an engine that has does not lose capacity as time goes on. Time adds dimension and character to artistic creation: it does not diminish, but rather it develops depth, with the passage of time.
It Takes a Village
Richard MacDonald works with live models from around the world to observe the energy, movement, and emotion that photography and film fails to capture.
The Foundry
With his own foundry for the pouring of molten bronze under the roof of his extensive studio complex, Richard MacDonald has control over the quality of his sculpture that hasn’t existed for artists since the early days of the Industrial Revolution. Making sculpture using the ancient “lost-wax’ method is an intense and complex process—part engineering, part science, part industrial, all imaginatively designed to serve the artist’s own creative process.
The Lost Wax Method
Committed to making a difference to mankind.
Richard MacDonald Studio is committed to making a difference to mankind by passionately creating works of art of cultural and historical significance that dramatically enrich people’s lives.
Philanthropic Initiatives
Today, philanthropy means generosity in all its forms and is often defined as giving gifts of “time, talent, and treasure” to help make life better for other people. You can practice philanthropy by making a monetary gift, such as a donation to a cause you believe in. It is commensurate with a love of humanity. This accurately describes Richard MacDonald and the course he has taken both personally and professionally. With a passion for helping children and the underserved, Mr. MacDonald has donated over $1 million to various charities. His kindness and heart know no bounds.
One Drop
Make a Wish Foundation
Free Arts
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

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