NYC based illustrator Steven Salerno creates illustrations ranging from the simple and whimsical -to more realistically stylized, textured imagery... some having a retro feel. Firmly anchored in traditional drawing skills, his illustration styling is reflective of his admiration of select artists and illustrators from past eras.

Over his long independent graphics career he has created thousands of published illustrations for nearly 600 national and international clients, for use in print & web advertising, editorial magazines and newspapers, product packaging, corporate publications, retail graphics, and publishing. 

To date Steven has also illustrated twenty-four popular picture books for children, with five of these titles as both the author and illustrator. Some of his picture books have been translated into Chinese, German, Korean, Arabic, and Spanish. Over the next three years 5 more of his picture books will be released, including his next author/illustrator title, Tim's Goodbye, published by Farrar Straus Giroux (2018). Steven's picture books have received industry starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Children's Literature, The New York Times Review of Books, and have been displayed by the Society of Illustrators (NYC) in their annual children's picture book art exhibition, The Original Art.

Steven's illustrations have been recognized for excellence by Communication Arts, Print, Society for News Design, Society of Publication Designers, The Art Director's Club, Society of Illustrators, and the Junior Library Guild.

Steven also has had a lifelong interest in the game of golf, and creates striking golf art images. His limited edition golf art prints are in private collections in The United States and Europe. Some of his golf art images can be seen in the golf portfolio section on this site.

Originally from Vermont, he was an honors graduate of the Illustration Department at Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he studied art history, printmaking, animation, and illustration under top industry professionals including famed author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, of the ground breaking picture book "Where the Wild Things Are," and many others.

Steven is engaged predominantly with illustrating and writing picture books for kids, though he still creates illustrations for clients in advertising, magazines, newspapers, corporate publications, and packaging. He lives and works in Manhattan (New York City).