Carl Valente (born 1928) was an American artist whose talent was discovered at the age of 17 when he won a national art competition. Following this victory, he was awarded a scholarship to study art at the Cleveland Art Institute. He joined the art staff of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner as a designer and illustrator. His time in the commercial field broadened his experience and versatility. Every job he did was a challenge to learn and build a strong network. Valente eventually left the commercial field and began creating his own art using oil paint. He has depicted natural elements in his work, including landscapes, still life paintings and seascapes. He uses his artistic prowess to create profound and captivating works of art.