If you talk about art legends, it's impossible to not speak about LeRoy Neiman. Not only has he left behind a crazy amount of brilliantly coloured, stunningly energetic images of sporting events, but LeRoy Neiman is said by many to have been one of the most popular living artists in the Unites States before his passing in 2012.
After finishing art school Neiman worked as an illustrator and artist, whose paintings, prints, and drawings were shown in galleries and reproduced in publications. In the 60s he literally painted hundred of major figures in the worlds of the arts, politics and sports, perhaps non more often than Muhammad Ali, who became a life-long friend. Neiman's fame even grew bigger ones he got on television, demystifying art in the process. Neiman was the official artist of five Olympiads from 1972 and sketched out and completed al fresco paintings of the action and competition with tens of millions watching. This turned Neiman in a media showman, with his expansive handlebar moustache and ever-present Cuban cigar.
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