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"I'm a self-taught artist and writer that will always be open to new expressions."

Background Information

My favorite writers and artists are Terry McMillan, Alice Walker, Tananarive Due, Van Gogh, and Monet.     

Birth Place
Los Angeles, CA USA

2011: Women Who Dared Award
2010: The Trumpet Award, Honorary Doctorate Saint Augustine's College, Hall of Fame Inductee National Association of Women Business Owners
2008: Woman of the Year,26th Senatorial District of California
2007: "A Tribute to Synthia SAINT JAMES" The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation & AEG Worldwide
2006: MOSTE Inspirational Woman-MOSTE Foundation,The Samella Award-Center for the Arts of the Africa Diaspora
2004: Woman of the Year(Education-Los Angeles County Commission for Women,The HistoryMakers
2002:Ebony Excellence:Women of Vision-Mu Beta Omega Chapter AKAs, Sisters Award-National Alumni Association Spelman
2001:Greensboro, NC Key to the City-African American Atelier Gallery, The Arts Council Award-
California Afro-American Museum, Oppenheim Gold Award(for the book To Dinner For Dinner)
2000:Literary & Visual Arts Award-115 Anniversary Second Baptist Church,“Talent Award”
Los Angeles Chapter of the Links
1999:NAPPA Gold Award
1998:Women of Vision Award: Black Women Lawyers
Los Angeles
1997:Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award(Neeny Coming Neeny Going),UNICEF Greeting Card Award,
AT&T Entrepreneur of the Year-Black Women of Achievement & NAACP Legal Defense Fund,Treasure of Los Angeles Award,YWCA Silver Achievement Award
1996:Parents Choice Silver Honor(for the book Sunday)

Additional Information

Synthia SAINT JAMES, international award winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday, has to date written and or illustrated 13 children’s picture books, 3 poetry and prose books, 4 children’s activity books, a cookbook, and a postcard book. She is the recipient of The 2008 Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District, and she has garnered numerous other awards including a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor, a Coretta Scott King Award, and an Oppenheim Gold Award. For Black History Month 2009 Barnes and Noble’s featured her painting “Brilliance” on merchandise in their 800 stores and on their website. Her architectural designs include a 150 foot ceramic tile mural for Ontario, California’s international airport, 6 - 9x4 foot elevator doors for a building in California’s State Capitol’s East End Complex, Sacramento, California, stained glass windows for the West Tampa Library in Tampa, Florida, and a 4x7 foot ceramic tile mural (inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou’s poem “On the Pulse of Morning”), commissioned by Gibson, Dunn, Crutcher LLP for Cowan Elementary School in Westchester, California. She was also commissioned to create the 3x6 foot painting that hangs in the Women's Center of Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California. SAINT JAMES has completed numerous commissioned signature images for non-profit organizations including the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (which hangs at the Vulcan Station in Brooklyn, New York), Children’s Institute International, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Harlem Book Fair, the United Way, and the National Education Association. She unveiled the poster that she created for the Center for Disease Control at the United Nations on World AIDS Day 2005, unveiled the original painting that she created for the Metropolitan AME Church (Harlem, NY) at the Schomburg in February 2006, and unveiled the 20th anniversary painting for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. in June 2006.. Her paintings grace the covers of over 60 books, including Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale, Disappearing Acts, Mama, and the Japanese translation of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Iyanla Vanzant’s Acts of Faith, Faith in the Valley and The Big Book of Faith. In reviews her artwork has been described as “ebullient”, “bold”, “creates paintings that remind one of Matisse cutouts in their clear line and intense color” and “joyful”. She was honored with the 2004 Woman of the Year Award in Education by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and she is a proud receipient of The HistoryMakers Award. Fall of 2006 she received both the MOSTE Inspirational Women Award and the Samella Award for her artistry, and designed the "We See You Award". SAINT JAMES is also one of the women included in Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter’s National Geographic book, Africana Woman: Her Story Through Time. She most recently completed signature paintings for Children's Institute International's "Project Fatherhood", Susan G. Komen for the Cure's "Circle of Promise" campaign for which she now serves as a National Ambassador, and “Crowns” for Regina Taylor’s play Crowns. She is also a member of the cast of M.K. Asante’s latest documentary “The Black Candle” which is currently screening worldwide. SAINT JAMES, a self-taught artist, credits the creator and her ancestry (which includes African American, Native American, Haitian and German Jew) for her artistic gifts.

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P.O. Box 27683 
Los Angeles CA 90027   USA
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