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Leslie Connito 

lcpaints@hotmail.net 
914-763-1368

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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:

Oil Paintings:

Drawings:

Encaustics:

Photography:

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.

Leslie Connito 

South Salem, NY 

lcpaints@hotmail.com 

ConnitoArt.net 

 

2020 ARTIST RESUME 

 

Education: 

1984 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, BFA 

1983 Parsons School of Art and Design at The American College in Paris, Paris, France

1980/1981 Rochester Institute of  Technology

1988 Hunter College, New York, NY, MFA Program 

 

Solo Exhibits: 1984 - present: 

Palette Gallery,  Asbury Park NJ, Show entitled  “Almost Gone” (2020)

The Ridgefield Playhouse: Art and Wine Art Show, (at the concert with Al DiMeola), Ridgefield, CT (2019)

Spirit of the American Home: Onatru Gallery, Curator (2018)

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, art and installation (September 2017) 

55 Mercer Gallery, Soho, NY 

Hoboken Gallery, Hoboken, NJ 

Visual Solutions, Hoboken, NJ 

Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ 

Gold Coast Cafe, Hoboken, NJ 

The Space Gallery, (at MICA) Baltimore, MD 

 

Selected Group Exhibits:

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

2020: Thumb Box Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2020: Salmagundi Club, New For NY,  Moonrise Sunrise, Award: Richard C. Poink Award

2020: Provencetown Artist Association, Freedom, Provencetown MA

2020: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, Out My Window, 

2020; BWAC, Brooklyn , NY, Art From the Inside

2020: Studio Montclair, Montclair NJ,  State of the Arts

2020: NY School of the Arts, NYC, Art Beyond the Wall

2020:  RGOA, Ridgefield CT, Juried Member Show

2020:  Brooklyn Art Library,  Brooklyn NY

2020: PAAM: Open, Provencetown, MA

2020: RGOA, Ridgefield CT, Compassion

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

2020: Compassion, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 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, Provencetown MA

2019: Portals, Queen City 15, Poughkeepsie, NY

2019: Open Road, Cape Cultural Center, Yarmouth MA 

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

2019: KMAA Northern Westchester Juried Show, Mt. Kisco, NY. 

2019: Bedlam, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT

2019: Provencetown Art Assoc. and Museum, Group Show, 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, Ridgefield, CT

2019: Brooklyn Art Library: Canvas Project, 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: Really Affordable: BWAC juried, Brenda Kumar, an Asst. curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

2018: Katonah Museum Artist Assoc., Juried Color, Show, Pound Ridge, NY

2018: Close Encounters, National Gegraphic photographs. Online gallery

2018: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Association, Summerscape Show,  Brooklyn, NY

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

2018: Ridgefield Guild of Artists Juried Show, Ridgefield CT

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

2018: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn NY: Juried show: In the Groove 

2018: Studio Montclair: Juried By Chance show, Montclair, NJ

2018: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Universe member show, Ridgefield CT

2018: Provincetown Artists Association & Museum, Provencetown MA 

2018: Brooklyn Art Library: Sketchbook Project, “No Worries”, 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: Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Festive Home Show, Ridgefield CT

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

2017: The Interactive Grand Installations: Brooklyn, NY

2017: Really Affordable Art She (BWAC) Brooklyn, NY

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

2017: Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition: Palette Show 

2017: Provencetown Artist Association and Museum: ' 12 x 12' 

2017: Studio Montclair “Viewpoints 2017” at aljira, Newark, NJ 

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

2017: Provincetown Artists Association & Museum: 'Member's Open', Provencetown MA 

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

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

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

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

2017: Ridgefield Guild Of Artists: 'Hot and Cold', Ridgefield CT 

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

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

2016: Ridgefield Guild of Artist: 'Bedlam', Ridgefield CT 

2016: Saint Lukes Episcopal Church, Benefit, Katonah NY 

2015: Saint Lukes Episcopal Church, Benefit, Katonah NY 

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

2014: Silvermine Group Show, New Canaan, CT 

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

2012: Onatru Gallery: Art in the Park, Local Juried, South Salem, NY 

 

Installations: 

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

Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY

ArtsWestchester, Westchester Artist Association, NY

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

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 

 

Teaching: 

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 

 

Published: 

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,

2021ARTIST RESUME 

 

Education: 

1984 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, BFA 

1983 Parsons School of Art and Design at The American College in Paris, Paris, France 

1988 Hunter College, New York, NY, MFA Program 

 

Solo Exhibits: 1984 - present: 

The Palette Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ (online show (2020)

The Ridgefield Playhouse: Art and Wine Art Show, (at the concert with Al DiMeola), Ridgefield, CT (2019)

Spirit of the American Home: Onatru Gallery, Curator (2018)

Ridgefield Guild of Artists (September 2017) 

55 Mercer Gallery, Soho, NY 

Hoboken Gallery, Hoboken, NJ 

Visual Solutions, Hoboken, NJ 

Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ 

Gold Coast Cafe, Hoboken, NJ 

The Space Gallery, (at MICA) Baltimore, MD 

 

Selected Group Exhibits:

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

2020: Salmagundi Club, Thumbox Show, New York NY

2020: Salmagundi Club, Moonrise Sunrise Show, New York, NY, (Richard Poink Award)

2020: Provencetown Artists Assoc. and Museum,  Freedom, Provencetown, MA

2020: Salmagundi Club, Out My Window, New York NY

2020: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Art From the Inside, Red Hook, NY

2020: Studio Montclair, State of the Arts,  Montclair NJ

2020: New York School of the Arts, Beyond the Wall, New York, NY (art on cover of the online show)

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

2020: Brooklyn Art Library, Book: "Have You Been to Kitland?", Brooklyn, NY

2020: Provencetown Artist Assoc. and Museum, Open, Provencetown, MA

2020: Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Compassion Show, Ridgefield CT

2020: Salmagundi Club, Animal Magnitism, New York, NY

2019: Portals, Queen City 15, Poughkeepsie, NY

2019: Open Road, Cape Cultural Center, Yarmouth MA 

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

2019: KMAA Northern Westchester Juried Show, Mt. Kisco, NY. 

2019: Bedlam, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT

2019: Provencetown Art Assoc. and Museum, Group Show, Summer 2019, Provencetown, MArt & Text: Traveling show Fairfield County, CT

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

2019: Conversations: Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT

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

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

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

2018: Really Affordable: BWAC juried, Brenda Kumar, an Asst. curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

2018: Katonah Museum Artist Assoc., Juried Color, Show, Pound Ridge, NY

2018: Close Encounters, National Gegraphic photographs. Online gallery

2018: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Association, Summerscape Show,  Brooklyn, NY

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

2018: Ridgefield Guild of Artists Juried Show, Ridgefield CT

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

2018: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn NY: Juried show: In the Groove 

2018: Studio Montclair: Juried By Chance show, Montclair, NJ

2018: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Universe member show, Ridgefield CT

2018: Provincetown Artists Association & Museum, Provencetown MA 

2018: Brooklyn Art Library: Sketchbook Project, “No Worries”, 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: Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Festive Home Show, Ridgefield CT

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

2017: The Interactive Grand Installations: Brooklyn, NY

2017: Really Affordable Art She (BWAC) Brooklyn, NY

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

2017: Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition: Palette Show 

2017: Provencetown Artist Association and Museum: ' 12 x 12' 

2017: Studio Montclair “Viewpoints 2017” at aljira, Newark, NJ 

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

2017: Provincetown Artists Association & Museum: 'Member's Open', Provencetown MA 

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

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

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

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

2017: Ridgefield Guild Of Artists: 'Hot and Cold', Ridgefield CT 

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

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

2016: Ridgefield Guild of Artist: 'Bedlam', Ridgefield CT 

2016: Saint Lukes Episcopal Church, Benefit, Katonah NY 

2015: Saint Lukes Episcopal Church, Benefit, Katonah NY 

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

2014: Silvermine Group Show, New Canaan, CT 

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

2012: Onatru Gallery: Art in the Park, Local Juried, South Salem, NY 

 

Installations: 

“What is Real: Evolution and the Spirit from 26 Letters”, BWAC, Brookyn, 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 Artists Association, Red Hook, NY (2020, assisted curation)

The Gallery At Onatru, South Salem NY  (2018, curator)

Hoboken NJ (several shows 1990's)

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Gallery Affiliations & Memberships: Current and Past:

Samagundi Club, New York, NY

Hammond Museum, N. Salem, NY

ArtsWestchester, Westchester Artist Association, NY

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

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 

 

Teaching: 

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 

 

Published: 

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. 

        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,

outh Salem Painter makes Children’s Books into Works of Art”, by Jeanne Muchnick,

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)".

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

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Children's Books

Available for sale at Blurb.com, Amazon.com, Ingram, or contact me.

The Magic Drum

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