Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, LeRoy Neiman is probably the most popular living artist in the United States. The artistic style of the fabulously successful Neiman is familiar to a remarkably broad spectrum of Americans --"rich and poor, black and white, urban and rural, educated and illiterate, and young and old alike.”
Neiman worked as an illustrator for department store Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co, alongside a copywriter named Hugh Hefner. After Hefner started Playboy magazine in 1953, Neiman's artwork was featured in several issues. To this day, Neiman continues to illustrate the "Femlin," a Playboy character that is featured every month on the jokes page. .
In addition, to being an internationally renowned sports artist, Neiman has created many works from his experience on safari, including a series of animal portraits that are some of his most sought-after pieces, including "Portrait of the Lion," "Portrait of the Elephant," and "Portrait of the Tiger." Some of his other subjects include sailing, cuisine, golf, boxing, horses, celebrities, famous locations, and America at play.
Neiman works in oil, enamel, watercolor, pencil drawings, pastels, serigraphy and some lithographs and etching. Neiman, and his wife of more than 50 years Janet live in New York City at the Hotel des Artistes, their home base for some 33 years. Made up of double-height rooms that overlook Central Park, this exclusive New York City landmark was originally intended for painters. Norman Rockwell once lived there, as well as celebrities Rudolph Valentino, Noel Coward and ex-mayor John Lindsay.
Neiman continues his painting as he enters his mid-eighties.