About this Piece
One of LeRoy’s first forays into art was creating posters for local merchants at a young age to advertise their store sales. Later, as an established artist, he often made posters to commemorate and promote special sporting and cultural events. Neiman’s posters remain a tribute to his vibrant work and life.
LeRoy moved easily through social circles and situations, giving him access to numerous famous personalities. He built a reputation as the people’s artist by creating sketches of athletes, celebrities and musicians. However, his connections stretched far beyond the art world. Neiman painted prominent politicians via his position as the official artist of multiple Democratic National Conventions and his travels to Havana with members of Congress to meet with and draw President Fidel Castro. LeRoy drew who he knew, who he met and who he saw; from a busboy at a restaurant to a world renowned musician to the mayor of New York.