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  Biography:

LeRoy Neiman (June 8, 1921 - June 20, 2012)

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Neiman studied briefly in St. Paul before moving to Chicago to study at the School of Art Institute of Chicago where he also taught for 10 years before moving to New York City in 1962. Leroy Neiman is probably the most popular painter and print maker in America. He is one of the few artists of the 20th century whose name has become a household word in millions of American homes. Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, LeRoy Neiman is probably the most popular living artist in the United States. His art is unique. It stands alone, without any real comparison. It is an art which has become controversial because Neiman has broken the barriers of many of the most hallowed assumptions of modern art history and contemporary criticism. It is an art that is loved by millions of people throughout America and around the world. Through his art, Neiman has explored contemporary leisure, all the pastimes and places people enjoy, and particularly the world of sports and the world of entertainment. LeRoy Neiman's style explodes with the dramatic intensity of Abstract Expressionist brush strokes, strokes that pick out action that is strikingly accurate. This unique combination is so appealing that Neiman has brought art into the lives of more people than most post-war American artists put together. Since 1970 LeRoy Neiman has published hundreds of limited edition serigraphs which have become as much sought after as the prints of Miro, Chagall and Picasso. He has travelled and exhibited worldwide, from Moscow to Tokyo to Caracas. He has many published books, and has been honored with many awards for his art. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the Baltimore Museum of Fine Art, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, the Hermitage in Leningrad, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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