James Fiorentino (b. 1977) is an American artist who currently resides in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. James’ artwork was recognized at an early age. At the age of fifteen, James Fiorentino became the youngest artist ever to be featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for his likeness of Reggie Jackson. In 1998, James became the youngest artist to be inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, along with such artists as Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth.
A graduate of Drew University, James was also the starting shortstop for all four years of his college career. He has painted for and met many legends of the past and stars of today, including Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Cal Ripken Jr., Arnold Palmer and Muhammad Ali to Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Albert Pujols. His photo-realism in watercolor has helped him become a nationally-known wildlife and portrait artist, painting people from everyday life to Presidents and Nobel Peace Prize winners. Many of James’ works currently grace the walls of notable museums, galleries, universities, companies and private collections. James’ work has won numerous awards and can be seen nationally in books and magazines and on trading cards. In 2001, “The Fiorentino Collection” consisted of approximately 100 paintings for Upper Deck Trading Cards depicting legends in five major sports. James’ work and story has been carried on international and national television shows, and in magazines and newspapers. James is a member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists For Conservation. This year James is the winner of North Light Book’s Splash 20: Creative Compositions competition with Solitary Strength. James is also a trustee of the Raptor Trust of NJ and D & R Greenway Land Trust.
“James’ work unlike many artists shows how he can master portraits, landscapes and animals. This particular show is a great example of that. His studio work is incredible in detail and his watercolor is so iconic professionals even ask about how he does it. As James has matured as an artist you can see the influence of artists like Rockwell and Wyeth in his style and desire to capturing life around him.” “It has been an honor for me as a gallerist to represent James and be a part of his life.” “He is the ultimate sports fan, and most dedicated conservationist and has built a life where he can use his artistic talent to benefit the world around him.” Kathleen Palmer, Director, Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery.