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Fine Art & Illustration


Fred J. Sklenar has been involved with fine art and illustration for more than five decades. He received his formal art education at Pratt Institute. His family served as a model for his career path. Fred's father was a teacher and painter, and his grandmother was also an artist and painter. His daughter is now a burgeoning watercolorist, and his son is a product designer and artist living in the midwest U.S. 


The breadth of Fred's career included serving as art director for several national publishing companies including Sport Magazine, McGraw-Hill, Penton Publishing, Look and Venture magazines. In addition to this, he contributed illustrations for national campaigns.


Fred has lectured at a variety of universities on the subjects of design. He also teaches fine art privately as well in art schools.  After working in publishing for over 30 years, Fred became a creative director for a New York City based ad agency.


After retiring from the professional design field, he continues to enjoy teaching and the enthusiasm of his art students. 

Fred has been painting scenes of New York City and the NY Catskill mountain region for over 50 years. He has multiple credits for commissioned portraits of celebrities, political and business leaders.


He is a signature member of the Northeast Watercolor Society, past member of the Publication Designers’ Society, and the NYC Art Directors Club. During his career Fred has received numerous awards and recognition. 

His artwork is frequently shown with local, regional and national organizations, galleries and one-person exhibitions throughout the country.

Collectors have compared Fred’s style and subject matter to his role models, Norman Rockwell and Edgar Whitney.


Fred accepts portrait commissions with quotes available upon request.  (People, Pets, Equine and more!)

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Studio in Staten Island, NY & Roscoe, NY


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