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.
Steven is 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."
Originally from Vermont, Steven has lived in New York City for many years.
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. Steven’s 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.
He has also illustrated 30 popular picture books for children (both fiction and non-fiction) and is the author & illustrator of 5 of these titles.
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…
Steven is the illustrator of 30 popular picture books for children (both fiction and non-fiction) and is the author & illustrator of 5 of these titles. He is currently working on the illustrations for his 31st picture book, Gizmos, Gadgets and Guitars -The Story of Leo Fender -written by Michael Mahin (non-fiction) for publication by MacMillan/Christy Ottaviano Books in 2021.
Steven’s whimsical illustrations bring to life expressive, memorable characters that move and define a picture book story –and for non-fiction historical picture books his rich illustrative scenes successfully capture the look and spirit 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.
PICTURE BOOK NEWS
current book project: Steven is currently working on the illustrations for another non-fiction picture book, Gizmos, Gadgets and Guitars –The Story of Leo Fender -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.
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,
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.
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…