Jonathan Santlofer was born in a private hospital at 50 West 57th Street in Manhattan. Twenty-five years later he had his first one-person painting exhibition at the same address in what had become the NY Gallery building. Some called it coincidence; he called it fate. His art career continued to grow with over 100 exhibitions worldwide, his work in such public and corporate collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Tokyo’s Institute of Contemporary Art, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Citigroup, among others. In 1990, ten years of his artwork was collected for an exhibition in Chicago. The show opened on a Friday and the gallery burnt to the ground on Saturday. The loss sent Santlofer on a journey to rediscover his artwork. Along the way, influenced by his early addiction to the Hardy Boys and Edgar Allan Poe, he wrote his first novel, The Death Artist, about a serial killer in Manhattan’s contemporary art world. The novel and novelist, profiled in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, was chosen by People magazine as “Page Turner of the Week” and became an international bestseller translated into nineteen languages, followed by Color Blind and The Killing Art. His next books, the Nero Award-winning illustrated suspense novels Anatomy of Fear and The Murder Notebook, featured forensic artist, Nate Rodriguez.
Santlofer’s short fiction has been included in such magazines as Ellery Queen and The Strand and such collections as The Rich & the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille; A World of Mystery & Crime, edited by Douglas Preston; and New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Santlofer is also editor of and contributor to the anthologies The Dark End of the Street, LA Noire: The Collected Stories, and The Marijuana Chronicles. He is creator, editor, and contributor of Touchstone’s Inherit the Dead, a New York Times bestselling serial novel.
Santlofer is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy In Rome and the Vermont Studio Center, and serves on the board of Yaddo, the oldest arts community in the U.S.
Santlofer lives in a converted fur vault in Manhattan’s flower district where he is at work on a new novel and a series of paintings.