Charles Santore

Charles Santore was born in Philadelphia in 1935. He attended the Museum School of Art (now the University of the Arts), where he studied illustration. After graduating in 1956 and serving in the Army he returned to Philadelphia and worked in a small art studio where he began freelancing and doing small spot drawings for art services and advertising agencies. Soon Santore began getting assignments from the N. W. Ayer Agency, the second largest advertising agency in the world at the time. His first editorial assignment was for the old Saturday Evening Post headquartered in Philadelphia.

Since the early sixties, his work has appeared on record and book jackets, in advertising for major agencies and institutions, and in publications such as Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic and many others, but perhaps his most popular early work is the many celebrity portraits he has done for TV Guide magazine covers.

Charles Santore’s illustrations are part of the permanent collections of the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA, The Free Library of Philadelphia, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, The United States Department of the Interior and many private collections.

Two of his illustrations are currently part of a traveling exhibition entitled "Myth, Magic and Mystery. One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustrations." His awards include the Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators, a gold medal from the New York Society of Publication Designers, and an "Edger" from the Mystery Writers of America.

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