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 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 30 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.
Steven had 2 new picture books released in 2019: "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 Johnston, horse lover and activist who helped create Federal laws protecting wild horses on public lands.
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 his web 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." 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