Internationally-renowned and winner of numerous awards, Key West artist Sal Salinero is considered an “island treasure". His energy is prodigious. He works diligently in his Boulder, Colorado or Key West studios. Born in 1941 in Key West, Florida, a fourth-generation “conch” (native Key Wester) who has lived there most of his life, his reputation as one of Key West’s favorite artists is well deserved. His paintings of wildlife and tropical foliage reflect the understanding of one who has been surrounded by his subject matter.
Sal Salinero is also considered a master of still life and trompe l’oeil. His sensitivity and ability to capture the nuances of reflected light have earned him an enviable position among Florida’s Art Community .
The inspiration for great art, it is said, comes from the heart. For Sal Salinero, the inspiration comes from the soul. In painting these magnificent rainforest landscapes, Salinero captures not only the physical beauty, but also the spiritual sense of perfection in nature.
About the Artist
His realistic painting style initiates the viewer into the mysteries of the rainforest - from the canopy to the ground - with an accessibility and directness that enables one to imagine that one is actually there. His paintings are devoid of any psychological complexity - they depict a world of beautiful birds, flowers and sun-drenched landscapes of the rainforest and tropical regions with which he is so familiar.
Mr. Salinero’s fascination with the rainforest is not new. He initially developed this interest in 1964, while stationed in the Republic of Panama as an Army Green Beret. His numerous trips to the Darien Jungle for survival training exposed him to the richest sources of life on the planet - humid, dense and verdant tropical rainforests.
For many years he has explored the tropical rainforests around the world and photographed what is left. The images that he has obtained from these travels have been transferred into his body of work.
With his paintings Salinero leaves us with a sharp appreciation of the beauty of the rainforests, as well as indicating everyone's responsibility to help save them. He hopes that by painting these tropical paradises, a greater public awareness will result as well as a greater effort to stop their destruction.
Recognized as one of the most notable artists of our day to depict the beauty and diversity of the tropical rainforest, Sal Salinero’s original oil paintings can be found in many private, public and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. These exquisite works are now available in masterfully reproduced exclusive limited editions that capture the detail and vibrancy of the original oil paintings.
"Paradise Valley Rendezvous"
Oil on Canvas 36 x 60 $39,000
"Papayas on Green Plate"
Oil on Canvas 36” x 24” $8,500