Richard MacDonald is a celebrated sculptor and a leading advocate of the neo-figurative movement in the arts. Known for his virtuosity in capturing impressions of live models while they are in motion, he is able to depict performers and dancers at the peak of their performance. According to author Tom Wolfe, MacDonald is "one of those rare artists who can feel the body in motion from the inside out."
Born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, MacDonald won a scholarship to study at Art Center College of Design where he graduated cum laude in 1971. Over the next 12 years, MacDonald was a successful illustrator working with Fortune 500 clients. In 1980, MacDonald taught himself to sculpt. Since then, he has spent more than 30 years creating a body of work that has changed the contemporary understanding of Figurative sculpture. As a world-renown artist, his sculpture has been shown in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Boston Museum at Chesterwood and the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) Museum in Barcelona, Spain. Represented in galleries worldwide, MacDonald's sculptures are collected by people from all walks of life, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Guy Laliberte, Tony Robbins, Dean Koontz, Richard Marx, Leanne Rimes, and opera legend, Luciano Pavarotti.
Among his greatest achievements are historically significant public monuments, such as the 26-foot bronze sculpture The Flair which was installed at Georgia International Plaza in Atlanta, for the Olympic Games in 1996, where it still stands today. In 2000 Richard MacDonald created the 15-foot tall bronze called Momentum to celebrate 100 years of the U.S Open, which was held at Pebble Beach, where the piece is permanently installed.
Committed to inspiring the next generation of artists, MacDonald's numerous philanthropic pursuits include Boys & Girls Club of America, The Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School, Free Arts for Abused Children, and local community charities. He is involved with the development of the arts through mentoring programs, international artist workshops, and art education in schools and universities. MacDonald is an award-winning fellow of the National Sculpture Society and member of Bohemian Club, Cosmos Club, and National Society of Illustrators.
In recognition of his cultural achievements, MacDonald has received many awards, honors, and professorships, including the Medal of Honor from the United States Sports Academy and recognition by the United States Olympic Committee. In 2012, in recognition for his work and support of The Royal Ballet, he was invited to dine with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. MacDonald believes that beauty connects people and lifts their spirits to a higher level. He has dedicated his career to making a difference by creating passionate works of art that dramatically enrich the lives of others.