Roy Forest was born in New York City. Both of his parents were artists. His mother was a concert pianist, painter and sculptor, who frequently took him to museums, Broadway plays and concerts. His father was an attorney, who painted and could make and fix anything around the house.

As a child, Roy developed an enormous eclectic curiosity of function and design and would regularly take almost anything apart and then try to put it back together again. This passion evolved to his exploration into the arts. He received a B.F.A. from the N.Y. Institute of Technology, majoring in Communication Arts, with a minor in Fine Arts. He co-founded The Ithaca Video Projects, which was one of the first independent video collectives and documented politics, musical events and commune life. He then learned, fixed and built guitars and musical instruments.

He continued his education and earned B.S. and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees and was a successful Chiropractor for fifteen years.

He continued and expanded his artistic endeavors, taking art classes, apprenticing master artists and figuring it out by himself. Eventually, he focused and spent many years creating ceramic, wood and metal sculptures. His sculptures demanded more color, which eventually led him into Painting and Mixed Media. By incorporating multiple properties and surface textures and color, he has comfortably fused all his artistic passion.