Renowned for his ability to create uncanny likeness of famous sports icons, James Fiorentino has propelled himself to the top of the sports art community. A resident of Hunterdon County, NJ, James has painted and illustrated some of the most recognized faces in the world using his self-taught watercolor expression from Presidents, Nobel Peace Prize Winners, CEO’s and political icons. His work is showcased in museums, galleries, and private collections across the globe, and his story has been told on national television and in the pages of magazines and newspapers. Now, his trademark detail and realism in watercolor can be seen in his wildlife paintings.
James is the youngest artist inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators. He is a member of the Society of Animal Artists in which two of his recent paintings have been exhibited in the prestigious “Art And The Animal” Show which was held at the San Diego Natural History Museum in 2011 and at the Bennington in Vermont in 2014. James’ “Black Vulture” was recently published in the Society of Illustrators Annual Competition, Illustrators 51 and one of James’s paintings has been selected to the “America’s Parks” exhibit which has hang in several museums and galleries in 2014. He is a member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, Society of Animal Artists and the Salmagundi Club which have exhibited his nature artworks.
Review by famed Author and Curator David J. Wagner, Ph.D.
James Fiorentino has had his artwork juried into exhibitions like America’s Parks, and Art and the Animal, museum tours of which I manage. The jury process for these exhibits is extremely competitive so this is no small achievement. Fiorentino has also produced an alternative body of work — portraits of sports icons and celebrities. The breadth of artwork produced by James Fiorentino reminds me of the breadth of work of America’s richest artist of the Twentieth Century, LeRoy Neiman, whose subject matter ran the gamut of sports icons, celebrities, wildlife, and much, much more. Though their painting styles differ, Fiorentino is adept, like Neiman was, at drawing, which is of course the most fundamental skill required to succeed as a figurative artist. Very few wildlife artists that I know of, can handle the human figure in convincing fashion. Fiorentino has distinguished himself as a wildlife artist with skill and versatility that positions him above the rest in this regard.