SYNTHIA SAINT JAMES Born 1949, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, U.S.

Visual artist Synthia Saint James is a California based artist, best known for her work on the cover of prolific author Terry McMillan’s book “Waiting to Exhale,” and for designing the first Kwanzaa stamp for the United States Post Office in 1997. Saint James’ career as an artist began at the age of 20, but only in 1984 she developed her unique style of painting human figures without facial features. Her paintings attract the audience through bold, vibrant colors and clean lines, as she often focuses on portraying women from different cultural backgrounds. Her work provides a sense of happiness and unity, while provoking a positive emotional response.

Besides painting, Synthia Saint James is writing poetry, serving as artist-in-residence at colleges and spending time with children with blood cancer and other blood disorders, teaching them about how they could express their feelings through art. Saint James has an honorary doctorate from St. Augustine’s University and an HBCU in Raleigh, where a fine arts institute bears her name. She has completed more than forty commissioned works for individuals and organizations and her artworks have been featured in galleries around the globe, including exhibitions at The Chicago Art Institute, the Museum of African American Art and more.

Saint James' paintings attract the audience through bold, vibrant colors and clean lines, as she often focuses on portraying women from different cultural backgrounds.
Selected Works