NYC based illustrator Steven Salerno creates stylized illustrations ranging from graphically simple and whimsical, to more realistic and richly textured imagery with some also having a retro feel. 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 Steven 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.
To date Steven has also illustrated 36 popular picture books for children, with 5 of these titles as both author and illustrator. His most recent author/illustrator picture book title is "Tim's Goodbye," published by Farrar Straus Giroux 2018, the gentle story of Margot and friends gathering to give their heartfelt impromptu goodbye to a beloved pet that has died.
UPDATE: Steven has illustrated the upcoming wonderful nonfiction picture book, "On the Corner of Chocolate Avenue -How Milton Hershey Brought Milk Chocolate To America" -written by Tziporah Cohen & illustrated by Steven Salerno, to be released by Clarion Books/Harper Collins in December 2022. It’s the life story of American Milton Hershey, the poor kid from Pennsylvania who built his company, HERSHEY’S, into one of the largest manufacturers of chocolate in the world. "On the Corner of Chocolate Avenue" is a Junior Library Guild GOLD STANDARD Selection for 2022.
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.
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, of the ground breaking picture book "Where the Wild Things Are." Steven is primarily engaged with illustrating and writing picture books for kids, but also still creates illustrations for clients in advertising, magazines, newspapers, corporate publications, and product packaging. Visit Steven’s illustration blog