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LeRoy Neiman Art Center

About LeRoy Neiman


Known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images, Neiman has perfected an energetic style that seems to explode with dramatic intensity. His unique talents have made his work so admired that he has brought art into the lives of millions of Americans. Neiman served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Following his return in 1946, Neiman studied at the Art Institute of Chicago on the G.I. Bill and then served on the faculty for ten years. During the time, Neiman was teaching, he was exhibiting art in competitions and winning prizes. In 1954, Neiman began his association with Playboy Magazine. 

Mr. Neiman traveled the world observing and painting leisure life, social activities and athletic competitions including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Kentucky Derby, championship boxing, golf tennis as well as night life entertainment, jazz and the world of casino gambling. Neiman has sponsored and supported several organizations from coast to coast that foster art activities for underprivileged children such as The LeRoy Neiman Center for Youth in San Francisco and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. He also established the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University in New York and scholarships at his Alma Mater.  

Mr. Neiman received five honorary doctorates and numerous awards, proclamations and citations and authored twelve books of his art. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, Wadham College at Oxford and in museums and art galleries the world over, as well as in private and corporate collections.  

Mr. Neiman died on June 20, 2012.  He was 91 years old.

World renowned artist, LeRoy Neiman, was best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities. We knew him for his generosity, his passion for sharing the arts with the next generation, and for his commitment to supporting service in the arts within urban communities across America. It has been through Mr. Neiman’s extraordinary vision and on-going support that Arts Horizons was able to open the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, providing children, schools, service organizations and the community-at-large with free and affordable visual arts programming and exhibition opportunities. Words cannot express our gratitude and affection towards him for making the LeRoy Neiman Art Center a reality and for continuing to nurture it so it could become a wonderful place where beautiful art is created within the Harlem Community. Mr. Neiman was not only a generous man, but a warm and caring spirit who brought his passion for creating art to everyone who knew him. We are deeply saddened by this loss, but honored to continue his legacy through the creative, cross-generational work we are doing here at the Neiman Center. Please join us in remembering and celebrating his life, everyday!

– Marline Martin
Executive Director, Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center