Joseph Csatari, Norman Rockwell's Scouting successor, is also an American realist artist and illustrator. Like Rockwell, Csatari completed Boy Scout calendar illustratrations and covers for The Saturday Evening Post, Boys' Life magazine covers. His involvement with the Boy Scouts of America has been one of length and dedication.
Csatari was born in 1929 in New Jersey. As a child, he copied The Saturday Evening Post covers of his idol, Norman Rockwell. He went on to study at the Academy of Arts in Newark, New Jersey, and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
In 1953, Csatari worked for the Boy Scouts as an art director of the Supply Division department. He chose this position with the hope of one day having the chance to meet Rockwell.
In 1973, Csatari became the art director of Boys' Life magazine, where he first became acquainted with Rockwell. Csatari would gather props and models for the older artist, and help to inform Rockwell's calendar illustrations. In 1976, Csatari was selected to replace Rockwell as the official artist of the Boy Scouts of America.
Csatari has completed commissions for Reader's Digest, Nabisco, and Chef Boyardee, as well as over 100 book cover illustrations. A notable portrait artist, he has painted numerous official portraits for the Boy Scouts of America noted individuals such as Betty Ford. He has created two commemorative stamps for the United States Postal Service, and received many awards, including Award for Excellence in Editorial Design from the Society of Illustrators.
Still an active artist, Csatari finds inspiration from the life which surrounds him. Through a signature style of realism, his work embodies a deep appreciation for American life.