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.