NYC based illustrator Steven Salerno creates stylized illustrations ranging from graphically simple and whimsical, to more realistic, richly textured imagery with some also having a retro feel. And all are anchored in traditional drawing skills reflective of his admiration for select artists and illustrators from past eras.
Over his long independent graphics career he has created thousands of published illustrations for nearly 600 clients, for use in print & web advertising, editorial magazines and newspapers, product packaging, corporate publications, retail graphics, and publishing. See list of current and past clients.
Steven is also the author/illustrator of 5 popular picture book titles for children, and additionally is the illustrator of 23 additional picture book titles written by other authors. See list of published picture books to date.
His most recent author/illustrator picture book title is Tim's Goodbye, published by Farrar Straus Giroux/April 2018, a the gentle story of Margot and friends gathering to give their heartfelt impromptu goodbye to a beloved pet that has died. Also released in April 2018, PRIDE The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, (non-fiction) published by Random House -written by Rob Sanders & illustrated by Steven Salerno, the true story of gay-rights activist Harvey Milk as well as the very first Rainbow Flag created by designer Gilbert Baker. And in July 2018, PASS GO And Collect $200 -The Real Story of How MONOPOLY was Invented, published by Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt & Co -written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by StevenSalerno, the true story of inventor Lizzie Magie and Charles Darrow and their independent roles in the creation of one of the most popular board games in American history.
Steven also has two new picture books being released next year: The Crayon Man, (non-fiction) published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt -written by Natascha Biebow & illustrated by Steven Salerno, the true story of Edwin Binney, inventor of Crayola Crayons. And Wild Horse Annie -Friend of Mustangs, (non-fiction) published by Farrar Straus Giroux -written by Tracey Fern & illustrated by Steven Salerno, the true story of Velma Bronn, horse lover and activist who helped create Federal laws protecting wild horses on public land.
Some of Steven's picture books have been translated into Chinese, German, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, and Spanish. His 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. 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 still creates illustrations for clients in advertising, magazines, newspapers, corporate publications, and product packaging.
He lives and works in Manhattan.