Thomas Valenti is President (since 2007) of Allied Artists of America which dates back to 1914 and is among the most prestigious art organizations in the nation with members throughout America, known all over the world. Valenti is also (1 of 4) Founding Members of the America China Oil Painting Artists League (ACOPAL) which was created as a means to broaden the horizons and interchange of Realistic Painting between American and Chinese artists. Having title on the Executive Board as Advisor, Valenti developed the outline for the Constitution and By Laws for the organization. Thomas Valenti is also an Honorary Member of The Salmagundi Club in New York City and The American Artists Professional League also based in New York City. Valenti is listed in “Who's Who in American Art” and “Who's Who in America”.
His work is 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. Thomas Valenti is the author of “The Tonal Technique to Watercolor Painting”, and article which appeared in an issue of The Artist's Magazine. Valenti is the recipient of countless major awards in National and International Juried Competitions. A few of the most recent being, 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 and Bergen Community College. 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 here and abroad. 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

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 & Awards
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
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”
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
President Exhibition
2007 Guest Speaker 94th Annual Exhibition Artist of America
2007 - President, Allied Artists of America.
2006 Local Color Workshop, “Tonal Techniques 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
2004 North East Watercolor Society, 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
1971-1974 Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, NJ, Certificate of Fine Art