Sports Artists LeRoy Neiman Dies At 91

Jun 21, 2012
Originally published on June 21, 2012 5:21 am
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LeRoy Neiman's American Dream included a paintbrush. He was a self-described street kid who grew up to become one of the nation's best-known artists, mingling with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Frank Sinatra.


Neiman died yesterday at age 91. He was known for his long-handled bar mustache and for his distinctive paintings of sports figures. You know the paintings when you see them: impressionistic images with bright splashes of color.

INSKEEP: His style captured the motion of athletes leaping toward a basketball goal or Jack Nicklaus following through on a golf swing. He sketched Olympic events live on television, and also captured less-kinetic scenes. He once captured Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky playing their 1972 world chess championship in Reykjavik. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.