Daniel E. Greene, N.A. is a former instructor of painting at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York. He is the author of the book “Pastel” that was in print for 25 years and “The Art of Pastel”, which were published in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. He has taught over 10,000 students, and his books and videos have reached in excess of 100,000 artists worldwide. His instructional videos have recently been translated into Farsi.
In 1983, the Pastel Society of America elected him to the Pastel Hall of Fame. In 1989, his work represented the United States at the first International Biennial of Pastel in San Quentin, France. In 1992, he was awarded American Artist’s Magazine’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in the category of oil painting and the Oil Painters of America society named him to their hall of fame. In 1995, the American Society of Portrait Artists presented the John Singer Sargent award to Daniel Greene for life long dedication to the achievement of excellence in portraiture. In 2001 the Portrait Society of America presented him with their gold medal. In 2003, Mr. Greene was the annual honoree of the Salmagundi Club and was presented their gold medal. Mr. Greene has won 44 prizes in the 45 Annual Exhibitions of the Pastel Society of America including an unprecedented three top awards “The Founder’s award”. In 2017, a biography was published about Mr. Greene’s work titled “Daniel E. Greene Studios & Subways, an American Master, His Life and Art.” He is currently the subject of two retrospective exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Oh. and the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Ct.
Mr. Greene’s paintings and pastels are in over 700 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. He has been the recipient of the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation Grant and the Annalee Stacey Grant. Six highly successful exhibitions of Mr. Greene’s Subway series were featured on ABC-tvnewsday.com, Fox News, PBS, CNN, New York 1, NBC, NHK tv Japan, the New York Times and in over 50 international magazines and newspapers. His 2004 exhibition “Subway Paintings” at the New York Transit Museum at Grand Central Terminal was the inaugural event in the centennial year of the New York subway and a compilation of his subway paintings represented New York City on the cover of the official guide to the Republican National Convention.
Highly regarded as a portrait artist, his subjects include leaders of government, banking, education, industry, royalty and the arts. A few of the early works include Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, Astronaut Walter Schirra, author Ayn Rand and William Randolph Hearst. Some governmental portraits include governors of North Carolina, Nevada, Virginia, New York, Alabama as well as two mayors of New York City. Some later portraits include Dave Thomas of Wendy’s, Congressmen Billy Tauzin and Larry Combest, Ambassador John Loeb jr., Baroness Betsee Parker, composer Alan Menken and Bryant Gumbel and Bob Schieffer of CBS. Recent portraits were governor Benjamin Cayetano of Hawaii, former secretary of agriculture Ann Veneman, Chief Justice of the Appelate Court of the State of New York, Jonathan Lippman and founder of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, Jerry Richardson for Wofford College. A partial list of sitters includes the chairmen of the boards of Honeywell, Coca-Cola company, Dupont Corporation, American Express, the New York Stock Exchange and IBM. Mr. Greene has also painted the Deans, Presidents and Benefactors of: Tufts, Duke, Columbia, North Carolina, West Point, Delaware, Penn State, New York, Princeton, Rutgers, Yale and Harvard universities.