Best known for his brilliantly coloured, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, LeRoy Neiman studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he later taught, as well as the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois.
An official artist at five Olympiads, millions of people have watched him at work during the ABC TV coverage of the Olympics and the CBS Super Bowl, where he works as a computer artist. He has been commended for capturing the energy and action of a range of sporting events – from the Kentucky Derby to Wilt Chamberlain, from the America’s Cup to Muhammad Ali, from the Super Bowl to Bobby Hull.
A teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for 10 years early in his career, Neiman also gained wide recognition as contributing artist for Playboy in the 1950s. Many of his images of what he calls “the good life,” have appeared in the form of etchings, lithographs, silkscreen prints, and sculptures as well as paintings, in the permanent collections of public and private museums and other institutions worldwide.