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BIO SNAPSHOT

New York City based illustrator Steven Salerno creates eclectic art images ranging from whimsically simple and decorative, to more realistic, richly textured images –with some having a retro look. And all are reflective of his skills firmly rooted in drawing tradition.

Over his long independent graphics career he has created thousands of published illustrations for a list of 500+ prominent clients for use in print & web advertising, magazines, newspapers, product packaging, publishing, corporate publications, and retail graphics.

He has also illustrated 30 popular picture books for children, both fiction and non-fiction titles, and is author & illustrator of 5 of these titles.

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His advertising & editorial illustrations have been recognized for excellence by: Communication Arts, Print, Society for News Design, Society of Publication Designers, and The Art Director's Club.

Originally from Vermont, Steven 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, creator of the ground breaking picture book "Where the Wild Things Are."

Today Steven is primarily engaged with illustrating/writing picture books for kids, though also still creates illustrations for client projects in advertising (print & web), magazines, newspapers, corporate publications, product packaging, retail graphics, etc…

See list of Steven’s current and past illustration clients 

See complete list of Steven’s 30 published picture books to date

View an extended version of Steven’s career bio info

^  Cocktail Party   -an editorial illustration by  Steven Salerno  created for   Gotham   magazine

^ Cocktail Party -an editorial illustration by Steven Salerno created for Gotham magazine

PICTURE BOOKS

Steven is the illustrator of 30 popular picture books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, and is author & illustrator of 5 of these titles. He is currently working on the illustrations for a 31st picture book –another non-fiction title, for publication in 2021. His whimsical illustrations bring to life expressive, memorable characters that move and define the story. And for non-fiction historical picture book titles his richly composed illustrative scenes successfully capture the look and spirit of the people and places of the story’s era.

Some of Steven's picture book titles have been translated into Chinese, German, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, and Spanish.

His picture books have received starred industry reviews from: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Children's Literature, and The New York Times Review of Books, received honors from The Junior Library Guild, and have been displayed by the Society of Illustrators (NYC) in their annual exhibition and children's picture book art exhibition.

See complete list of Steven’s 30 published picture books to date.

^  cropped detail of one of the illustrations from the picture book,   Harry Hungry!   -written & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  -published by Harcourt Children’s Books, 2009

^ cropped detail of one of the illustrations from the picture book, Harry Hungry! -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno -published by Harcourt Children’s Books, 2009

^  cropped detail of one of the illustrations from the non-fiction picture book,   The Crayon Man   -written by Natascha Biebow & illustrated by  Steven Salerno - published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

^ cropped detail of one of the illustrations from the non-fiction picture book, The Crayon Man -written by Natascha Biebow & illustrated by Steven Salerno -published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

^  cropped detail of a page from the picture book,   Coco the Carrot   -written & illustrated by  Steven Salerno - published by Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2005

^ cropped detail of a page from the picture book, Coco the Carrot -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno -published by Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2005

^  one of the illustrations from the non-fiction picture book,   Wild Horse Annie   -written by Tracy Fern & illustrated by  Steven Salerno - published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019

^ one of the illustrations from the non-fiction picture book, Wild Horse Annie -written by Tracy Fern & illustrated by Steven Salerno -published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019

^  Steven’s 5 picture book titles as both the author & illustrator… and he’s also illustrated 25 additional popular picture books written by other authors

^ Steven’s 5 picture book titles as both the author & illustrator… and he’s also illustrated 25 additional popular picture books written by other authors

PICTURE BOOK NEWS

current book project: Steven is currently working on the illustrations for another non-fiction picture book, Gizmos, Gadgets and Guitars, The Leo Fender Story -written by Michael Mahin and illustrated by Steven Salerno -to be released in 2021 by MacMillan/Christy Ottaviano Books. The true story of Leo Fender, American designer of a slim solid-body electric guitar in 1950, the Fender Telecaster -one of the most iconic electric guitars in Rock n Roll history.

2 new picture books released in 2019:

The Crayon Man -The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons (non-fiction) published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt -written by Natascha Biebow & illustrated by Steven Salerno, the true story of American Edwin Binney, inventor of Crayola Crayons in 1903.

Wild Horse Annie -Friend of the Mustangs (non-fiction) published by Farrar Straus Giroux -written by Tracey Fern & illustrated by Steven Salerno, the true story of Velma Bronn Johnston, horse lover and animal activist who in the 1970’s was the driving force behind the Federal Laws protecting wild horses on public lands.

^  2 new picture books illustrated by Steven Salerno, released in 2019 -  The Crayon Man   (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and   Wild Horse Annie   (Farrar Straus Giroux)

^ 2 new picture books illustrated by Steven Salerno, released in 2019 -The Crayon Man (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Wild Horse Annie (Farrar Straus Giroux)

In 2018 publisher Farrar Straus Giroux released Steven’s most recent author/illustrator picture book, Tim's Goodbye, published by Farrar Straus Giroux. The gentle story of Margot and her friends all gathering for an unknown reason, until a visual twist within one of the illustrations reveals they’ve all gathered to give their impromptu, heartfelt goodbye to a beloved pet that has died.  

"This uncomplicated tale of love, loss, friendship, and hope is a great addition for library collections..." -School Library Journal

"...the balloons add an important buoyancy to the telling, providing a possible entree to matters of the spirit, if readers desire it... A succinct text and an uncluttered design provide space to discover and process a loss." -Kirkus Reviews

"This gentle story might be just the introduction some readers seek…" -The New York Times Book Review,

^  cover of Steven’s latest picture book,  Tim’s Goodbye  published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018

^ cover of Steven’s latest picture book, Tim’s Goodbye published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018


GOLF ART

In addition to Steven’s work creating illustrations for advertising, editorial, product packaging, and picture books for kids he also has a deep interest in the great game of golf and creates striking golf art and graphics, from golfscapes to depictions of legendary golf professionals both past and present. Steven’s golf art & illustrations have been published by Golf Digest, GOLF magazine, LINKS magazine, GolfWorld magazine, and his portraits of top PGA Tour players appeared in the PGATour.com Spotlight feature section. In 2012 he created a series of golfscape paintings of signature golf holes designed by Golf Hall of Fame member and 4-time Major Championship winner, golfer and architect Ernie Els -for use in a series of print ads promoting Els Design golf course architecture company.

Some of his golf art images can be seen in the golf portfolio section on stevensalerno.com

Contact Steven about your project requiring golf art and graphics.

^  portrait of American golfing legend,   Ben Hogan     1953   (crayon, gouache, wood grain, digital)

^ portrait of American golfing legend, Ben Hogan 1953 (crayon, gouache, wood grain, digital)

^  poster,   Pebble 2K10   (digital)

^ poster, Pebble 2K10 (digital)

^  Numbers Game   (crayon, gouache, wood grain, digital) 2011

^ Numbers Game (crayon, gouache, wood grain, digital) 2011

To get a full overview of his illustration work visit all his various portfolio sections on his web site, including the spotlight section, the behind-the-scenes section, his illustration blog, etc…

view an extended version of Steven’s career bio info