James Brown was born in Los Angeles and studied painting and printmaking before moving to Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux Arts, where he lived and worked for seven years. In 1979 he moved to New York where he was grouped with other young artists like Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat and exhibited with Tony Shafrazi and Leo Castelli. In 1995, he moved to Oaxaca, Mexico where he started with his wife, Alexandra, the Carpe Diem Press, inviting leading artists and writers to create limited-edition books and weavings. Although he is best known for his painted abstractions and experimental prints, he has a long history with other mediums including ceramics and weavings. His work is in public collections including the Whitney, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Institute and Musée Georges Pompidou. He joined RALPH PUCCI in 2018.