Chronology

1921 Born June 8 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1940's

1942 - 46 Drafted into the Army, serves four years, three in Europe.
1946 Student at the St. Paul Gallery and School of Art with Clement Haupers.
1946 - 50 Student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on G.I. Bill; studies with Boris Anisfeld; studies liberal arts at the University of Illinois and DePaul University, Chicago.
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1950's

1950 - 60 Member of the Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; teaches figure drawing and fashion drawing.
1952 Begins using enamel house paints; begins drawing horse races at Arlington Park.
1954 Exhibits for first time in juried Chicago Artists and Vicinity Show, where he continues to show for next six years; wins Chicago Art Director's Award; exhibits at Philadelphia Art Alliance.
1955 Exhibits at the Carnegie Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting; wins award at National Art Directors Show; instructor of painting at Elmwood Park Art League and North Shore Art League.
1956 Included in "New Talent in America 1956," published by Art in America, February 1956; delves deeper into Chicago sports scene, draws Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and boxing.
1957 First television appearance on Art Institute of Chicago TV Show, "Artist's Choice;" painting instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Summer Session and for two years at Ox-Bow Summer School, Saugatuck, Michigan, where he creates his first lithographs; creates the Femlin character which appears in Playboy for the next fifty-five years; marries artist Janet Byrne.
1958 Begins extensive travels for Playboy Magazine, creating a feature on the high life called "Man at His Leisure," which appears regularly for the next fifteen years.
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1960's

1960 Paints at Squaw Valley Winter Olympic Games; travels six months through Europe covering sporting and social events: the Grand National Steeplechase, the Epsom Derby, Ascot, the Oxford-Cambridge boat race in England, Maxim's Tour d'Argent Restaurant, The Lido and Folies Bergere in Paris, the Cannes Film Festival and St. Tropez, Fiesta de San Isidro bullfights in Madrid, and the Grand Prix de Monaco auto race.
1960 - 70 Executes more than 100 paintings and two murals for eighteen Playboy Clubs.
1961 Takes studio in Paris; does studies of Deauville social season and sketches the great restaurants of France; sketches Dublin Horse Show, Dublin bars and cricket at Lord's in London.
1962 Sketches Bordeaux wine country, Paris fashion shows, racing at Longchamp, and Giraglia Yacht Race on the Riviera; paints Regatta of the Gondoliers in Venice; does studies of Fellini directing 8 1/2 and sketches at Cinecitte film studios in Rome; visits United States to execute a commission for twelve paintings of the Indianapolis 500.
1963 Returns from Paris; establishes a studio in New York; teaches painting at Arts & Crafts Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina; travels to Mexico with Shel Silverstein; sketches in Mexico City and Acapulco.
1964 Starts series of Muhammad Ali sketches and paintings which span the next fifteen years; sketches America's Cup Challenge in Newport, Rhode Island; returns to England to sketch London nightlife and Prince Philip playing polo at Windsor; paints the Tour de France in Paris.
1965 Commemorates Sugar Ray Robinson with 8' x 6' portrait Farewell to Boxing unveiled at Madison Square Garden ceremony; painting Introduction of the Champions of the Ring installed at Madison Square Garden; paints portraits of Mae West and poet Marianne Moore.
1966 Sketches Kentucky Derby; in London, paints personalities and theater scenes including the Beatles and Carnaby Street; paints surfing in California; executes mural for Swedish Lloyd ship S.S. Patricia; creates art for film Casino Royale; sketches indoor polo for opening of Houston Astrodome.
1967 Sketches and paints leading figures in the arts, sports and entertainment world, including Leonard Bernstein, Joe Louis, Frank Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot and ballerina Suzanne Farrell; paints LeMans auto race in France, nudist colonies on the Dalmation Coast, bull fights at the Fiesta at Pamplona, the dolce vita of Rome.
1968 Paints the Kirov and Bolshoi ballets in Russia; executes critical sketches of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago; paints Bobby Hull for Time Magazine cover; contributes drawings for Harper's Magazine articles on Muhammad Ali and on Robert F. Kennedy and race relations; initiates art class for Economic Opportunity Atlanta.
1969 Sketches civil rights figures and teaches art for African/American youth at Economic Opportunity Atlanta; creates poster for Kurt Weill's Off-Broadway show and program art for Oh! Calcutta, sketches New York City Ballet; appears regularly on TV as New York Jets Artist-in-Residence; collaborates with Dave Anderson on book, Countdown to Super Bowl; covers horse racing at Ascot and Longchamp, camel racing in Morocco.
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1970's

1970 Paints backdrop for Broadway play Borstal Boy and album cover for Fifth Dimension; exhibits in "Portraits of American Newsmakers" show of Time Magazine covers at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC which also tours; sketches social events, dog racing, and horse show in Dublin; travels with Hugh Hefner in Europe and Africa; sketches wildlife on safari; creates poster for Ali-Quarry fight, Ali's return to the ring in Atlanta; This Great Game published by Rutledge; paints New York Stock Exchange.
1971 Travels to Monte Carlo, London, Paris, and Switzerland; produces etchings and lithographs in Zurich and begins publication of limited edition serigraphs; creates official poster and program, and draws pre-fight sketches for Ali-Frazier I at Madison Square Garden for the New York Times Magazine cover and post-fight sketches for ABC-TV; illustrates Jose Torres' book on Ali, Sting Like a Bee.
1972 Covers Fischer-Spassky world championship chess tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Munich Olympic Games, both on camera for ABC-TV; covers World Series for NBC-TV; creates serigraph for Knicks-Lakers championship game; paints Super Bowl for Time Magazine cover; and cover for Golf Digest.
1973 Creates Super Bowl art for NBC-TV; sketches The Masters golf tournament for Golf Digest; paints commission for Museum of Jazz; creates serigraph of Triple Crown winner Secretariat; sketches Foreman-Frazier fight in Jamaica; travels on multi-city tour and exhibit of Olympic serigraphs.
1974 Covers Stanley Cup hockey playoffs for NBC-TV; creates first of six annual posters for Newport Jazz Festival; creates poster for Ali-Foreman fight in Kinshasa, Zaire, and for Frank Sinatra concert at Carnegie Hall, New York.
1975 Creates official bicentennial poster for St. Paul, MN; creates official program cover for the World Series; creates poster for Ali-Frazier III fight and paints cockfights at La Paloma in Manila; creates first of four annual posters for Robert F. Kennedy Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament.
1976 Paints mural on-camera as ABC-TV Official Artist at Olympic Games, Montreal; paints on French Riviera; paints Harlem scene for Jazzmobile poster; paints Chris Evert for Saturday Evening Post cover.
1977 Works in Paris; creates poster for NBA All-Star game and for Lacrosse USA; sets up etching press in studio and creates Eaux Fortes Suite of etchings.
1978 Creates first live computer art for CBS-TV coverage of Super Bowl, New Orleans; creates poster for Bill Bradley's first Senatorial campaign; creates poster for Ali-Spinks II match in New Orleans.
1979 Paints the Ginza, Kamakura Buddha and Mount Fuji in Japan, Royal Ascot in London, and Pan-Am Games in Puerto Rico for CBS-TV.

1980's

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1980 Official Artist, Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games; Official Artist, Democratic National Convention, New York; paints commission for Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas; sketches Carnival in Rio de Janeiro; presents painting commemorating signing of Egypt-Israeli Peace Treaty to President Carter at the White House.
1981 - 1990 Executes 24' x 16' portrait of Sylvester Stallone for Rocky films; creates art for Rocky II and appears as ring announcer in Rocky III, IV, and V.
1982 Paints Stock Exchange in London; creates poster for Kool Jazz Festival.
1983 Executes billboard, television commercial and program for the Folies Bergere show at the Tropicana, Las Vegas.
1984 Appointed Official Artist, Winter Olympics, Sarajevo, and Summer Olympics, Los Angeles.
1985 Returns to Brazil to paint Gavea Golf and Country Club in Rio de Janeiro and stock exchange in Sao Paulo.
1986 Appointed Official Artist, Goodwill Games in Moscow for Turner Broadcasting Network; paints America's Cup commission for the New York Yacht Club.
1987 Paints and makes video documentaries of Old St. Andrew's in Scotland and the Riviera in France; paints Indianapolis 500 auto race commission; presents Minute Man poster to President Ronald Reagan at the White House.
1988 Executes mural for Golden Nugget, Las Vegas; paints commission for the Caribbean Classic at Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico; paints and makes video documentary on the topic of Napoleon at Waterloo.
1989 Paints Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and Sammy Davis Jr. at Royal Albert Hall, London; sketches the World Series at Candlestick Park in San Francisco during earthquake; does sketches, paintings, and video documentary of New York's Central Park.

1990's

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1990 Executes commemorative painting for 100th anniversary of Los Angeles Dodgers; paints The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia; travels and sketches in Rome, Paris, and Hong Kong.
1991 Executes paintings for 25th anniversary of Spectrum Stadium, Philadelphia, 10th anniversary of Miami Grand Prix, and of Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer for Baseball Hall of Fame inductions; travels to Japan to paint geishas, the Ginza and golf; creates Michael Jordan poster and serigraph; works on sketchbooks and paintings in Paris and Berlin.
1992 Paints Tom Seaver for Baseball Hall of Fame induction; paints suite of four famous golf courses Sawgrass, Augusta, Pebble Beach, and Riviera in conjunction with publication of Big Time Golf book; works on sketchbooks and paintings in Venice, Milan, and Rome.
1993 Paints Reggie Jackson for Baseball Hall of Fame induction, Larry Bird for Boston Garden, and Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville; creates poster for CBS-TV film Call of the Wild; paints Frank Sinatra for cover of Duets album; paints Tony Larussa, 'Manager of the Year'
1994 Paints Pebble Beach Golf Clubhouse, creates poster for CBS-TV film The Yearling; attends and paints Super Bowl XXVII in Atlanta; paints Monte Carlo and Venice; goes on painting safari in Kenya; sketches Luciano Pavarotti at Metropolitan Opera; paints Frank Sinatra for Duets II album.
1995 Paints Babe Ruth from historic photo for Baseball Hall of Fame, U.S. Open at Shinnecock Golf Course, and Rockefeller Center; creates 40-foot mural on Broadway theater façade for Tommy Tune's musical Busker Alley; appointed a member of the New York City Advisory Commission for Cultural Affairs.
1996 Commissioned by the United Nations to create six postage stamps for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta; paints Super Bowl XXX in Phoenix, Arizona; paints Hall of Famer for the Baseball Hall of Fame's permanent art exhibition; creates serigraph and poster of The Three Tenors: Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.
1997 Inaugurates the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University, New York; introduction of LeRoy Neiman Selection Cigar; narrates and appears in film documentary on Cuba and cigars, Rhythm and Smoke; creates poster commemorating 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the racial barrier in major league baseball; travels to South Africa to personally present a commissioned portrait of President Nelson Mandela to President Mandela.
1998 Inaugurates LeRoy Neiman Center for the Study of American Culture and Society, UCLA; unveils baccarat painting for Desert Inn, Las Vegas; exhibits and participates in seminar on Frank Sinatra at Hofstra University; paints and creates serigraph edition of Joe DiMaggio; designs label for Duval-LeRoy Champagne of Rheims, France; creates official poster for Breeder's Cup, Louisville, Kentucky; cover art for Goodwill Games official program, and cover art for The Nation.
1999 Creates art for Givenchy perfumes; paints Mark McGwire and creates serigraph edition commemorating home run record; creates label art for Duval-LeRoy Champagne of Rheims, unveiled in Paris; paints John Elway and creates serigraph edition celebrating retirement from football; releases serigraph of Mickey Mantle.

2000's

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2000 Creates boxing painting for use as poster for Heavyweight Explosion cable TV program; paints Mike Piazza and Cal Ripken, Jr., which are made into serigraph editions; the first LeRoy Neiman Art Center for Youth is opened in San Francisco; commissioned to create official artwork for 125th Preakness Stakes, he also paints the colors of the winning horse on the weather vane at the conclusion of The Preakness Stakes and 2000 PGA Championship Tournament at Valhalla Golf Course.
2001 Salutes Muhammad Ali as "Athlete of the Century" with oversized portrait and limited edition serigraphs; commissioned to paint Mardi Gras official poster for 2002; commissioned by the Phoenix Suns star Charles Barkley on retirement of uniform number; commissioned to paint UCLA basketball coach John Wooden; creates poster for 2001 All-Star Jockey Championship; attends 25th year reunion of ABC- TV coverage of 1976 Munich Olympics; commissioned by New York City Fire Department to commemorate September 11 attacks, creates image of NYFD fireman's helmet and donates the original painting to auction for the Widows and Orphans Fund; the second LeRoy Neiman Art Center for Youth is opened in Watsonville, California; the largest serigraph yet by artist, Circus, having image size of 43 3/4 x 65 inches, is completed after two years of work.
2002 Commissioned to paint Wayne Gretzky, gold medal winning coach of the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team; commissioned to create official tournament poster for the first U.S. Open to be held at a public golf course, Bethpage, Long Island, New York; illustrates Casey at the Bat, published as a trade edition by Ecco Press, with forward by New York Yankees manager Joe Torre; creates the Lewis-Tyson poster for the heavyweight championship fight in Memphis, TN; creates the official poster and program cover for the Oscar De La Hoya-Fernando Vargas championship boxing match in Las Vegas; painting of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird is unveiled during Johnson's induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame; Gallagher's Steakhouse in New York City unveils a permanent collection of Neiman artwork portraying the city's greatest athletes; travels to Havana, Cuba with representatives of Congress and members of the press to meet with President Fidel Castro, and creates seven charcoal drawings of Castro.
2003 S.I. DuPont commissions a golf design for a limited edition pen and lighter set; commissioned to paint Bernie Williams for his first guitar album, The Journey Within; Official Artist for Funny Cide, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes; unveiling of painting Funny Cide at Saratoga Racetrack, New York; creates etching for a third champagne bottle design for Duval-LeRoy, Rheims, France; commissioned to paint Roger Clemens; commissioned to paint New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui to benefit the 2005 Special Olympics in Nagano, Japan; designs golf wine label for David Frost Wines, South Africa.
2004 Creates program for the De La Hoya vs. Hopkins championship fight in Las Vegas; creates a painting of Sylvester Stallone for the television reality show The Contender and makes a cameo; commissioned to do a portrait of the New England Patriots team owner for the football team; designs the jacket cover of Art Shamsky's book The Magnificent Seasons; commissioned to paint Fiorello's Restaurant, New York City; commissioned to paint the Washington Redskins.
2005 Commissioned to create a painting commemorating the 100th anniversary of the City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Past and Present; creates The Martha Graham Suite of five limited edition lithographs to benefit the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance; contributes art for the new Muhammad Ali Center which opens in November, 2005, Louisville, Kentucky; raises funds for the establishment of a permanent administrative office for Good Tidings Foundation and a new LeRoy Neiman Art Center for Youth, San Francisco, California; the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, receives The LeRoy Neiman Papers for their collection, and honors the artist in a reception at the Museum of American History; creates poster and program as Official Artist of the 2005 Indy 500; commissioned to paint top five poker players in the world for Bellagio Casino, Las Vegas; commissioned to create ten pastels of polo players for a Southampton inn and restaurant. Donates an original watercolor of jazz musicians on Bourbon Street, New Orleans and a limited edition LeRoy Neiman Sketchbook: 1964 Liston vs. Clay - 1965 Ali vs. Liston to the New Orleans Higher Ground Relief Benefit held at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York.
2006 LeRoy Neiman Art Center for Youth opens at Pier 9 San Francisco; major retrospective of jazz works is held at Franklin Bowles Galleries in San Francisco; commissioned to paint a commemorative painting for the Stardust casino in Las Vegas; makes a cameo appearance in Rocky Balboa; begins work on a film about his jazz paintings; receives Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago, and holds two weeks of master classes there for high school students in the spring and fall. Creates Stardust, Elephant, Poker Room at the Bellagio, Merchantile Exchange and Parade Royale serigraphs; LeRoy featured in TOOTS, a documentary film about the rise and fall of the world's greatest saloonkeeper, a film by Kristi Jacobson, granddaughter of Toots Shor.
2007 Publishes his book: Femlin, M Press, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his character drawn for the pages of Playboy. LeRoy is commissioned to paint official image for the Ryder Cup 2008, completes a serigraph for it as well; Commissioned to created a Muhammad Ali inspired collection for Adidas; publishes America's Cup, Superbowl III (Joe Namath), International Horse Show and Adriano Morales, World Champion Bull Rider on Little Yellow Jacket limited edition serigraphs; major retrospective for Femlin at Franklin Bowles in both San Francisco and New York; LeRoy's drawing of Louis Armstrong is selected to be made into a poster and distributed to every school in the USA by the Smithsonian Institute in April as the official poster commemorating Jazz Appreciation Month.
2008 LeRoy is the keynote speaker for a symposium at the New York Historical Society in conjunction with the exhibition 'Life's Pleasures: the Ashcan Artists' Brush with Leisure, 1895-1925'; is invited to make a lithograph in a residency at Tamarind Institute; commissioned to created a 160ft mural at the new Sports Museum of America in lower Manhattan; commissioned to paint Olympic gymnast Michael Wilson and also USC's football team mascot the Arabian horse, Traveler; Publishes Portrait of Liberty, High Stakes Blackjack, and Resting Lion limited edition serigraphs; honored with the Town and Gown Lifetime Achievement Award; rings the opening bell at NASDAQ. Asked to be the Official Artist of the 2010 World Equestrian Games and creates a painting to be the official image.
2009 Laureate LeRoy Neiman receives the prestigious Order of Lincoln, at the Lincoln Bicentennial Convocation in Springfield, IL. West Coast premiere screening in Los Angeles Skirball Center for The Big Band film about LeRoy's 9 foot by 13 foot painting of 16 recognizable jazz greats. Creates USA Olympic painting for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Participates in giving an oral history of his four years in the Army during World War II for the new World War II Museum in New Orleans. Given the first Honorary Professor of the Arts from Columbia University School of the Arts.
2010 Official Artist for the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, IL. Creates painting for the tournament and a limited edition serigraph edition.
2011 Funds the building of the LeRoy Neiman Student Lounge at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to open in Spring 2012. Attends exhibitions celebrating his 90th birthday at Franklin Bowles Galleries and at the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Center for Art. 90th birthday acknowledged with article in the New York Times and named Donor of the Day in the Wall Street Journal.
2012 In May, LeRoy Neiman completed and published his autobiography "All Told." On June 20th, LeRoy Neiman passed away leaving his art and philanthropy as his great legacy.

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