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”.