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All About ConnitoArt.net

As a professional fine artist based in New York, Leslie Connito is always looking for the next opportunity to translate life experiences into art. Since the 1980's, Leslie has led a life fully devoted to the arts. Through a meticulous approach to creating fine art, writing and producing murder mysteries, and writing and illustrating children's books, she has made a strong and positive impression in the arts.

Mixed Media Paintings:

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Oil Paintings:




Leslie Connito's art reflects everyday life and includes snippets of culture, politics, history, music, art history and the like, which are painted under the images. She produces portraits, landscapes, and interiors, with a variety of mediums including oil paint, encaustic, cold wax, watercolor, prints, charcoal and graphite, photography and mixed media.
Leslie Connito's paintings, drawings and prints, are layered with meaning. Some of the images sample contemporary human intellect and social icons which become more apparent than the partially submerged, archaic representations (ie: maps, mollusks, dictators...). Conscience is examined through the layering and focusing of these images which reflect our history in evolution while also demonstrating the way we recall and interpret our intellect and emotion in the process and viewing of painting. The choice of images and the manner in which they are combined represent a collective memory. Images swim in and out of the paintings connecting in consistent continuation of motion and time while reflecting the nature and process of evolution. The interaction of all the parts of the paintings parallel the fast-paced experiences of contemporary life. In a subtle, sarcastic, and simplistic approach, the humor often defines man's insignificant desires and needs, his greed, his edifices, politics, and reflection on the environment.
Leslie Connito is a published writer. She has written and illustrated several children’s books. She is a poet, and has also created and performed 9 Murder Mystery Dinner Parties.

Artist Resume 2021:

Selected Group Exhibits:

2022: "Merriness of May", Inspiration Art Group International, NY

2022:  "Annual Spring Auction", Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2022: "Feminia", Gallerium Art, Toronto, Canada

2022: "Portraits", Art Student's League,  New York, NY. Curated by Leonid Gervits

2022: "Surrealism", Art Student's League, New York, NY. Curated by Elizabeth Demeray.

2022; "Picturing Our Past", Ridgefield Guild of Art and the Ridgefield Historical Society, Ridgefield, CT

2021: “Farms Across America”, Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, (Long Island) NY

2021: “Thumb Box Show” at the Salmagundi Galleries, New York NY

2021: Provencetown Artist Association and Museum, winter show, P’town MA

2021: "Open to Interpretation", Katonah Museum Artist's Association, Katonah, NY

2021: The Hammond Museum, October Show, North Salem, NY (Spotlight Artist) 

2021: “Grass and Roots”, Digital photography juried show, Putnam Arts Council and the Center for the Digital Arts Gallery, Westchester Community College, Peekskill, NY 

2021: “Emptiness”,  Exhibizone, Toronto, Canada, online virtual juried show

2021: Salmagundi Member Show, Salmagundi Club Upper Gallery, New York, NY

2021: “State of the Art”, Studio Montclair Gallery, Montclair, NJ, virtual online

2021: “Ricochet”, Katonah Museum Artist Association, Katonah, NY, virtual online show

2021: “Focus on Portraiture”, Ridgefield Guild of Artists Gallery, Ridgefield, CT

2021: Hammond Museum, April Exhibit, North Salem NY international virtual show

2021: “Together apArt”, Arts Westchester juried Spring Show, White Plains, NY

2021: “The Body”, New York School of the Arts, New York ,NY

2021: Hammond Museum, Spring Art Show April, North Salem, NY

2021: “Women’s Werq”, Studio Montclair Art Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2021: “The Historical Black & White Show”,  juried, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2021: Hammond Museum, Spring Art Show March, North Salem, NY international virtual sow

2021: “Camera Works”, RGOA juried, Ridgefield CT

2021: “RedFez”, Brown Chair illustration, Literature and Poetry Magazine, Issue 144

2021: Katonah Museum Artists Assoc., Group Show, Katonah, NY

2020: “Thumb Box Show”, Salmagundi Galleries, New York, NY

2020: “Moonrise Sunrise”, Salmagundi Galleries, New For NY,  Received the Richard C. Poink Award

2020: “Freedom”, Provencetown Artist Association Gallery, Provencetown MA

2020: “Out My Window”, Salmagundi Galleries, New York, NY, virtual

2020; “Art from the Inside”, BWAC Galleries, Brooklyn , NY, virtual 

2020: “State of theArts”, Studio Montclair Gallery, Montclair, NJ, virtual

2020: “Art Beyond the Wall”, NY School of the Arts, NY, NY. Featured on front page virtual show

2020:  Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT,  Juried Member Show

2020:  “Sketchbook Project”, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY

2020: “Open”, Provencetown Artists Association and Museum, Provencetown, MA

2020: “Compassion”,Ridgefield Guild of Artists Gallery, Ridgefield CT, 

2020: “Animal Magnetism”, Salmagundi Club  Juried show, Salmagundi Galleries, New York, NY

2020: “Compassion", Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Gallery, Ridgefield, CT.

2020: Brooklyn Art Library,  “Have You Been to Kitland?”  traveling art book show based in Brooklyn, NY.

2019: “Small Works”, Provincetown Artists Association & Museum Gallery, Provencetown MA

2019: “Portals", Queen City 15 Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

2019: “Open Road”, Cape Cod Cultural Center, Yarmouth, MA 

2019: “Play’s the Thing”, Schoolhouse Theatre Gallery, Juried Show, Katonah, NY

2019: “Northern Westchester Juried Show”, No. Westchester Hospital Gallery, Mt. Kisco, NY. (one year show)

2019: “Bedlam", Ridgefield Guild of Artists Gallery, Ridgefield CT

2019: “Group Show”, Provencetown Art Assoc. and Museum Galleries, Summer 2019, Provencetown, MA

2019: “Art & Text:”, Juried Fairfield County Public Library Art Show, Fairfield County, CT

2019: “Choralfest Gala USA:”, New York Virtuoso Singers benefit with Harold Rosenbaum, Chappaqua, NY

2019: “Conversations:”, Ridgefield Guild of Artists Gallery, Ridgefield, CT

2019: “Canvas Project”, Brooklyn Art Library, traveling show based in Brooklyn, NY.

2019: “Art Show Bedford 2019”, Bedford, NY, First Place recipient. Judges: Michael Gitlitz, Executive Director, Katonah Museum of Art, and Peter MacGill, President, Pace MacGill Gallery. First Place award.

2018: “Festive Home”, Ridgefield Guild Gallery, Ridgefield, CT

2018: “ The Really Affordable Art Show”, (BWAC)  juried by Brenda Kumar, Asst. curator at the NY Metropolitan Mus. of Art

2018: “Color”, juried show, Katonah Museum Artist Assoc., Pound Ridge, NY

2018: “Close Encounters,” National Geographic photographs. Online gallery

2018: “Summerscape”, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Association Galleries, Brooklyn, NY

2018: “Spirit of the American Home”, Gallery at Onatru, South Salem, NY

2018:  Ridgefield Guild of Artists Juried Show, Ridgefield CT

2018: “Choralfest” benefit, Harold Rosenbaum’s NY Virtuoso Singers, Chappaqua NY

2018: “In the Groove” juried, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY 

2018:  “Juried By Chance”, Studio Montclair Gallery,  Montclair, NJ

2018: “Universe”, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT

2018: “Group Show”, Provincetown Artists Association & Museum, Provencetown MA 

2018: “Brooklyn Art Library:Sketchbook Project”, “No Worries” art book, Brooklyn, Chicago, NY, Washington DC.

2018: “Art Scene Today: Anima: Animus: Animal”,  online publication

2018:  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) members show, Bologna, Italy 

2017: St. Lukes church benefit, Katonah NY

2017: “Festive Home”, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Gallery, Ridgefield CT

2017: Katonah Museum Artist’s Association, at the Library Gallery, Katonah, NY

2017: “The Interactive Grand Installations”, BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

2017: “The Really Affordable Art Show” BWAC Brooklyn, NY

2017: “What is Real; Evolution and the Spirit from 26 Letters”, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT, solo exhibit fall 

2017:  “Palette Show”, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Brooklyn, NY 

2017: “12x12 Show”, Provencetown Artist Association and Museum, Provencetown, MA 

2017: “Viewpoints 2017”,  Aljira Gallery, Newark, NJ 

2017: “Rites of Spring”, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Association, Brooklyn NY 

2017: “Members Open”, Provincetown Artists Association & Museum, Provencetown MA 

2017: “Choralfest USA”, New York Virtuoso Singers benefit with Harold Rosenbaum, Chappaqua NY 

2017: “Digitalia”, Barrett Art Center, National Juried Show, Poughkeepsie, NY 

2017: “Chance”, Katonah Museum Artist’s Association Juried Show, Katonah, NY 

2017: “First Day” Onatru Gallery, Local Juried Show, South Salem NY 

2017: “Hot and Cold”, Ridgefield Guild Of Artists, Ridgefield CT 

2017:  Hayfields, North Salem NY (hip equestrian crowd, restaurant) 

2016: “Walk on Down”, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Juried Art Show, Ridgefield, CT 

2016: “Bedlam”, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT 

2016: Saint Lukes Episcopal Church, Benefit, Katonah NY 

2015: Saint Lukes Episcopal Church, Benefit, Katonah NY 

2015: “Independence Day”, Onatru Gallery: 2013 'Independence Day' Juried Art Show,  S. Salem, NY 

2014: Silvermine Group Show, New Canaan, CT 

2013: Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra Benefit Show, Ridgefield, CT 

2012: “Art in the Park”, Onatru Gallery Juried Show, South Salem, NY 



“What is Real: Evolution and the Spirit from 26 Letters”, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

“What is Real: Evolution and the Spirit from 26 Letters”, RGoA, Ridgefield, CT 


“The Love Rave”, Hoboken, NJ 

Hoboken Studio Tour, Hoboken, NJ 

“Artists Viewing Artists”, Jefferson Trust Gallery, Hoboken, NJ 

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Baltimore, MD 

Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ 


Curated Shows:

Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Association, Brooklyn, NY (assisted curation 2020)

The Gallery At Onatru Farm, South Salem NY, curated a group show

Hoboken NJ curated several shows in the 1990’s


Gallery Affiliations & Memberships: Current and Past: 

Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

Encaustic Arts Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY

Arts Westchester, Westchester Artist Association, NY

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Red Hook, NY (BWAC)

Provencetown Artist’s Association, Provencetown, MA (PAAM)

Katonah Museum Artists Association, Katonah NY (KMAA)

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT (RGoA)

Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ

Cape Cod Writers Association 

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrator’s 

Poetry Coalition; Academy of American Poets 

55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY 

Harbor Square Gallery, Camden, ME 

City Art Works, New Bern, NC 

Allen Stone Gallery, New York, NY 

The Emerging Collector, New York NY 

Hoboken Art Gallery, Hoboken, NJ 



Ridgefield Continuing Ed., Ridgefield CT. Painting and Drawing 

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, lecture about my work, Feb. 2017 

Hoboken Continuing Education: (Hoboken Cultural Affairs) Art History: 1997 

Lectures from the Studio: Hoboken, NJ: 1995 - 1998 

Docent: Aldrich Museum: docent 2010-2011 



Have You Been to Kitland?

No Worries,

Poetry: On the Bus - a collection 

The ReIssue, Hoboken NJ 

The Pen Poetry Newsletter, Newport News, VA 

National Library of Poetry, Owings Mills, MD 

RE-Issue, Hoboken, NJ 

The Wild-Out Animal Alphabet Book 

The Story of Ticklemino, 

The Magic Drum 

Word Sound: Onomatopoeia 

Word Sound: Everyday 


Art published and Interviews: 

RE-Issue Magazine, Hoboken, NJ The Gold Coast Newspaper, Hoboken, NJ 

Long Shot, Hoboken, NJ The Jersey Journal, Jersey City, NJ 

The Bergen Record, Bergen County, NJ 


Recent Publicity: 

-Books and the World live interview 10/2016, Cape Media, The Wild-Out Animal Alphabet Book 

-Lewisboro Voice: 12/7/2016: “South Salem Painter Makes Children’s Books into Works of Art”, by Jeanne Muchnick.

-Local News interview, TV Channel 20 Lewisboro, interview about my art at First Day Show, Onatru Gallery, So. Salem, NY. 

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        Plays: West Lane Murder Mystery Dinner Parties: 2006 - 2011: (all performed)

        Murder at the Hunt            Murder on the Slopes

        The Kitchen Caper            The Wedding Party

        Murder at the Canter            Murder at the Soda Pop

        Murder at the Hoedown            Murder off Key

        Murder on the 19th Floor        Murder in Madrid        


Recent Publicity:

-Books and the World live interview 10/2016, Cape Media, The Wild-Out Animal Alphabet Book

-Lewisboro Voice: 12/7/2016: “South Salem Painter makes Children’s Books into Works of Art”, by Jeanne Muchnick

Artist Painting a Mural

The painting series extends into the Installation series. There will be five separate installations over time. The first installation, 1."What Is Real: Evolution and the Spirit from 26 Letters" has been showing Ridgefield and Brooklyn. The other installations are; 2. "What is Real: Long Distance (Everybody Lies"); 3. "What is Real: Seven Chairs for Seven Spirits"; 4. "What is Real: Being Barthus (Watching us Watching Us)"; and 5. "What is Real: 50 Toxic States (Death is Real)".


A silly story about a hand that tickles kids.

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The Magic Drum
The Magic Drum

A boy finds a magic drum and plays for everyone in his village.

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No Worries
No Worries

This book is in the Brooklyn Art Library and travelled around the country.

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Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Drawing, Oil Painting.


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Children's Books

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