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Neiman, LeRoy

Born: 1921 AD
Currently alive, at 100 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Painters

1921 – LeRoy Neiman was born on June 8th in St. Paul, Minnesota. An American artist known for his brilliantly colored, semi-abstract paintings and screen prints of athletes, and sporting events.

1946-1950 – He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.

1951 – He studied at the University of Illinois.

         – Neiman worked as an illustrator for department store Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. in Chicago.

1953 – After Hefner started Playboy magazine, Neiman’s artwork was featured in several issues and to this day LeRoy continues to illustrate "Femlin" a Playboy bunny character that is featured every month in Playboy, usually on the ‘Jokes’ page.

1963 – Neiman moved to New York City when he had his first one-man show at the Hammer Gallery.

1972-1976 – He was the official artist for ABC-TV at the Olympic Games.

1979 – He was given the Olympic Artist of the Century Award.

1980 – He was the official artist at the Winter Olympics.

2006 – Neiman celebrated his 85th birthday and he was still actively painting. He is regarded as the most popular sports artist in the world, followed only by younger artists Stephan Holland and Richard T. Slone.