"I don't concentrate too much on
painting a flawless image. I let my
eyes and hands do the work. Just
as a poet expresses himself
through words, I express
myself through paint. I feel fortunate
to be able to use my art
as a means of communication."
James Fiorentino holds a BA in Fine Arts from Drew University. In 1998, James was inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators at the young age of 19, the youngest member in their history.
Although one of the most renowned sports artists in the country, James has recently applied his trademark detail and realism in watercolor to paint threatened and endangered wildlife. His watercolor paintings feature Bald Eagles, Humpback Whales, Eastern Box Turtles and more. His paintings truly bring wildlife to life on paper, and in doing so, his art helps to educate and engage viewers about the declines that many of these species have undergone. James has entered his artwork into juried exhibitions like America’s Parks and Art and The Animal and is currently partnered with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ in his current traveling show “Rare Wildlife Revealed”.
James' watercolor paintings speak more eloquently than photographs. His paintings come to life right before your eyes. Unlike many watercolor painters, James stresses the fluidity of the medium while using an almost dry brush. This process allows him to focus on minute detail, giving his paintings a high level of definition.
In viewing his diverse collection of photo-realistic portraits and sports paintings, one feels as if he or she has stepped into the action of a live sports arena. James' theme in every painting is the image of the human spirit. His subjects display the sweat and grit that the sport is about. His work has been displayed in a multitude of museums including the Baseball Hall of Fame, the National Basketball Hall of Fame, the Football Hall of Fame, and the George Bush Presidential Library. Additionally, James has painted trading cards for iconic companies like Topps, Upper Deck and Kelloggs.
Prestigious companies, galleries, museums, politicians, athletes, and entertainment personalities have commissioned James. He has had the honor of painting and meeting Yogi Berra, Cal Ripken Jr., Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Muhammed Ali, Congressman John Lewis, Buzz Aldrin, President Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu and hundreds of contemporary athletes.