ABOUT THOMAS

Thomas Valenti served as President of Allied Artists of America (AAA) from 2006 - 2016. For his decade long service and dedication to the organization, Valenti was elected as an Honorary Member and now holds the title of Presidential Adviser. Allied Artists of America was formed in 1914   and is among the most prestigious art societies in the United States. In March 2018, the Board of Directors of the Salmagundi Club unanimously approved that Valenti be appointed to the status of Emeritus Membership. This honor is the highest level of membership that can be obtained through the organization and is given on rare occasions only. The Salmagundi Club, based in Manhattan, NY, originated in 1871, making it one of the oldest art societies in America. In July 2018,  Who's Who in America selected Thomas Valenti to be given the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. In a field of more than one million candidates, less than 5% are chosen for this most prestigious award. Valenti is also a member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society (NJWCS). In February 2018, the organization voted that Valenti be named as Fellowship Member. This status is awarded only to artists who have maintained their membership for an uninterrupted period of 30 years or more. Thomas Valenti is one of four Founding Members of the America China Oil Painting Artists League, also known as ACOPAL. The organization was created as a means to broaden the horizons and interchange between American and Chinese artists who paint in a realistic manner. Valenti holds title on the Executive Board of Directors and is Presidential Adviser. He also developed the outline for the Constitution and By Laws for the organization. Valenti assisted with curating an exhibition which included 50 of America's most renowned artists. The exhibition, called Contemporary American Realism, was a year long exhibit which traveled throughout China with venues that included Beijing World Art Museum; Chinese Academy of Oil Painting; Tianjin Art Museum; Shanghai Art Museum and others. More than one quarter of a million Chinese citizens in all viewed the exhibition.   

Thomas Valenti's work and writings have been featured in several publications. He is the author of  “The Tonal Technique to Watercolor Painting”, an article which appeared in an October 1986 issue of The Artist's Magazine. His work was also featured in the January 2007, 70th Year Anniversary issue of the American Artist Magazine. The 8 page article, written by M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-In-Chief of the magazine, describes the artist's versatility working between oil and watercolor. Doherty invited Valenti to appear in the nationally distributed publication. Valenti's work was selected to appear in Splash17 - Inspiring Subjects. Splash is a North Light Books publication. In 2012, friend and fellow artist, Warren Chang asked Valenti to write something for a book that would feature a retrospective of his (Chang's) work. Valenti gladly agreed. That writing became the introduction to the book - Warren Chang, Narrative Paintings. The introduction itself is titled - Warren Chang: An Artist For Our Times. Thomas Valenti  is the recipient of countless major awards in National and International Juried Competitions some of which include, Traveling Exhibition – American Watercolor Society; First Place Award – Salmagundi Club Juried Members Exhibition; Best-In-Show – St Mark's 29th Annual Exhibition, Mendham,NJ; ArtKudos.com online International Exhibition.

Thomas Valenti teaches privately and at the Ridgewood Community School. Valenti demonstrates, lectures and conducts workshops in watercolors, oil painting and drawing to well attended art interest groups everywhere. Valenti is sought after as a Juror for many major art competitions. His works are in numerous private collections in the United States and throughout the world. Public collections include, Rutgers University and the Lipton Tea Company, who commissioned the artist to paint a series of watercolors depicting the America's Cup Races in Newport, Rhode Island.

Thomas Valenti was born and raised in the South Bronx, NY. He has lived in Washington Township, Bergen County, NJ since 1978. Valenti graduated from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art as a Fine Art major but is for the most part self-taught. His inspiration and motivation comes from the belief that beauty is everywhere in everything. The artist states, “Growing up in the South Bronx has had a profound affect on my life and the way I view the world. I am at home in any urban setting. There is something special about the way light plays upon the surfaces of concrete, stone, steel and blacktop. Shadows that seem to come from nowhere creating the most interesting design patterns. By not living in the city, I have a completely objective point of view toward city life. I'm not affected by the hustle and bustle of everyday occurrences. This forces me to draw from childhood memories which are as clear as day. So I am in effect painting as if from the eyes of a child”. To contact the artist and to view his work, resume and bio, go to his official website at: www.thomasvalenti.com or Google: thomas valenti, artist. Valenti's work can also be seen on YouTube. 

EXHIBITIONS
2011 America China Oil Painting Artists League - The National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NY
2011 The Butler Museum of American Art - Midyear Exhibition
2008 The Artist's Magazine 25th Annual Art Competition
2007 One Man Show – Bergen County YJCC
2007 Allied Artists of America, Inc. Invitational – Bennington Center for the Arts, VT
2007 Salmagundi Club Juried Member Exhibition
2007 American Artist Magazine 70th Anniversary Art Competition
2007 ArtKudos.com International Juried Exhibition
2006 Allied Artists of America 93rd Annual Exhibition
2006 Audubon Artists 64th Annual Exhibition
2006 American Artists Professional League 78th Grand National Exhibition
2006 NJ Watercolor Society 64th Annual Exhibition
2005 “Contemporary Realism 2005” Cavalier Gallery International Juried Exhibition, Manhattan, NY
2005 American Artists Professional League 77th Grand National Exhibition, Manhattan, NY
2005 Allied Artists of America 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Manhattan, NY
2005 Audubon Artists of America 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Manhattan, NY
2005 Artkudos.com Online International Juried Exhibition
2005 Newamgallery.com Online International Juried Exhibition
2004 American Watercolor Society 137th International Juried Exhibition, Manhattan, NY
2004 NJ Water Color Society, 62nd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, NJ
2001 Garden State Watercolor Society (GSWS), 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Trenton City Museum, NJ
1999 American Artist’s Professional League 71st Grand National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY
1999-1998 Allied Artist’s of America 85th and 86th Annual Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NY
1983 One Man Show - The Yard School of Art, Montclair, NJ
1983 Audubon Artists, 41st Annual Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NY
1980 New Jersey Watercolor Society, 35th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Morris Museum of Art and Science, Morristown, NJ
1980 One Man Show, Bergen Community Museum, Paramus, NJ

HONORS and AWARDS
2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award - Who's Who in America
2018 Emeritus Membership - Salmagundi Club, NYC
2018 Fellow Member -  New Jersey Watercolor Society 
2016 Honorary Member - Allied Artists of America
2007 The Winsor & Newton Award - Allied Artists of America
2007 The Winsor & Newton Award - American Artists Professional League
2007 First Prize Salmagundi Club Members Show
2007 Best in Show St. Mark's 29th Open Exhibition
2005 American Artists Professional League Grand National, A.E.L. Klue Award for Best Atmospheric Effect in Oil
2005 Audubon Artists of America Dick Blick Material Award
2005 The Ridgewood Art Institute 25th Regional Open Juried Show, Best in Show Award
2004 American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition Award
2004 Forbes Magazine Award, NJ Water Color Society, Monmouth Museum, NJ
2001 Ken McCann Memorial Award, Garden State Watercolor Society, Trenton City Museum, NJ
1999 American Artist’s Professional League Award, Salmagundi Club, NY
1983 Gold Medal of Honor, Garden State Watercolor Society, Trenton City Museum
1982 Best in Show, South Orange “Meet the Artist” Art Show, NJ
1981 The Garden State Watercolor Society Award, GSWS, Princeton, NJ

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016 Splash17 - Inspiring Subjects
2012 Introduction: An Artist For Our Times - Warren Chang, Narrative Paintings
2007-2008 Listing in the Marquis Who’s Who in American Art
2007 American Artist Magazine 70th Year Anniversary issue, by M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief
2005 The Community Life, “Local Artist Finds Inspiration from City Streets”, feature story
1986 Bert Braham, The Graphic Arts Studio Manual, “Design for Publishing”
1985 The Artist’s Magazine, “The Tonal Technique in Watercolor”, Thomas Valenti
1979 The Community Life, “Urban Artist Paints Rural Scenes”, Thomas Valenti, feature cover story
1977 The New York Times, “Watercolors on View At the Monmouth Museum”

COLLECTIONS
Lipton Tea Company
Hoffman LaRoche Incorporated
Rutgers University
Bellemead Construction Company
Indian Head Corporation
Prudent Publishing
Nathan Ancel (Founder of Ethan Allen Furniture) Private Collection and many other private collections

CAREER RELATED EXPERIENCE
2007 Juror – Salmagundi Club Non Members Show; North East Watercolor Society
2007 Guest Speaker 94th Annual Exhibition Artist of America
2006-2016 - President, Allied Artists of America.
2006 Local Color Workshop, “Tonal Technique for Watercolor Painting”, Little Falls, NJ
2005 Watercolor Instructor at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey and Ridgewood School for Continuing Education
2000 Juror Fort Lee Art Association, NJ
1994 Historical Restoration of Hunt-Phelan House, Oldest Surviving Home from the Civil War, Memphis, TN
1992 Instructor in Painting Stone and Marble Workshop, The Day Studio, East Coast
1991 "A Weekend of Painted Finishes" demonstrated to the staff of Jeffco Furniture Co., North Carolina
1989 Trompe L’oeil Workshop, The Day Studio, San Francisco, CA
1973-1985 Demonstrated and taught at the Montclair Art Museum, Summit Art Center, The Yard School of Art, and other Art Schools throughout NJ
1984-1982 Commissions –
​                   Lipton Tea Co. “America’s Cup Series”; Carteret Savings and Loan Association - “Historical Landmarks, Newark, NJ”;  “Paramus Plaza                          Complex”, Paramus, NJ
1980 WCTV, cable TV, “For the Love of Art”, Thomas Valenti paints watercolors

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
2006 Audubon Artists, Inc.
2005 Allied Artist’s of America, NY
2002 American Artist’s Professional League, NY
1980-present New Jersey Watercolor Society
1980 President, Essex Watercolor Club, NJ
1979-1983 Garden State Watercolor Society
1980-1982 Salmagundi Club
1979 Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts

EDUCATION
1971-1974 Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, NJ, Certificate of Fine Art