Known for his bright, colorful paintings and screen prints of famous sports stars in a semi-abstract style, LeRoy Neiman became one of the 20th centuries most successful illustrators. At sporting events, he became a well-known figure in natty attire with bushy beard and sketchbook.
He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1921 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois. His mediums are oil, enamel, serigraphy and etching, and his studio is in New York City, just off Central Park West. In 2000, a major book of his serigraphs, The Prints of LeRoy Neiman, 1991-2000, was published by Knoedler Publishing of New York.
His many books included LeRoy Neiman: Art and Life Style, Horses, Winners: My Thirty Years in Sports, Big-Time Golf, LeRoy Neiman on Safari and LeRoy Neiman: Five Decades. In 1995, he donated $6 million to Columbia University’s School of the Arts to endow the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. His memoir, All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies and Provocateurs, was published in June of 2012
Mr. Neiman died on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Manhattan.