NYC based illustrator Steven Salerno creates stylized illustrations ranging from the graphically simple and whimsical -to more realistic, richly textured imagery with some having a retro feel, and all anchored in traditional drawing skills 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. See list of clients
To date Steven has also illustrated twenty-five 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, Japanese, Arabic, and Spanish. Steven has 5 new picture books being released over next three years, including his next author/illustrator title, Tim's Goodbye, published by Farrar Straus Giroux in 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. See list of published picture books
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. Contact Steven via email about purchasing a signed golf art print.
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 primarily engaged with illustrating and writing picture books for kids, and also creates illustrations for many clients in advertising, magazines, newspapers, corporate publications, and product packaging.
He lives and works in Manhattan.