Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, Fiore won a partial scholarship to study photography at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. While attending Pratt, he found drawing to be more satisfying than photography, and shortly thereafter, he began studying illustration.
The magnitude of his gifts quickly became apparent when, as a student, he received his first commission, a spread in McCall’s magazine. This was the beginning of a distinguished career in illustration and painting.
It is the play of light and shadow that allows us to perceive an object’s shape and size. But for Peter Fiore, light is more than a visual tool, it is an “emotional subject.” It is through the manipulation of light—how it falls, changes, sculpts, colors, and how it creates various moods on a subject—that intrigues and inspires this talented young American painter.
As an illustrator, Fiore has created images for a wide variety of clients ranging from Ralph Lauren/Polo to IBM to American Express to NBC. Some of his best known books include The Boston Tea Party (Holiday House), Dear Willie Rudd (Simon & Schuster), and Hand in Hand (Simon & Schuster). He has received over 55 distinguished awards including a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators where he once served as president.
Through all his success, Fiore has managed to keep his youthful exuberance. “My work has grown up, and I have not. Thank God! For that is the best situation for an artist,” he says.
Fiore has taught at Pratt Institute and Syracuse University and is presently teaching at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.