Biografia

Synthia SAINT JAMES
Keynote Speaker & Presenter


World renowned artist, author and architectural designer Synthia SAINT JAMES is also a popular keynote speaker and presenter.

With a client base that includes corporations, schools, universities, museums, organizations and special event coordinators, Ms SAINT JAMES has spoken for Neutrogena, University of Southern California, Natural History Museum, International Reading Association and the National Geographic Society.

Ms. SAINT JAMES received the 2008 Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District of California. She also serves as a National Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

She received the History Maker Award for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the U.S. Postal Service and she is featured in the recently released documentary film “The Black Candle” which is now screening worldwide.

The following is a quote from one of her reviews. “Modest and proud, sincere and strong, hardworking and light-hearted, warm and witty, audiences love her! She is the consummate professional.”

Ms. SAINT JAMES is now booking speaking engagements for the 2008-2009 holiday season, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

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 receipient of The Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District, and she has garnered numerous other awards including a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor for her book Sunday, a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustrating Neeny Coming…Neeny Going, and an Oppenheim Gold Award for the book To Dinner For Dinner, which she illustrated.

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", and Susan G. Komen for the Cure's "Circle of Promise" campaign for which she now serves as a National Ambassador. 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.

Formazione artistica

Self-Taught

Tematiche

Multicultural, Figurative, Cultures of the World, International land & seascapes

Tecniche

Oil & Acrylic Primary Mediums

Valutazione artistica

Life is Magnificent, Release, Relax & enJOY IT!

Attestati / Premi

Synthia SAINT JAMES AWARDS (Partial List):

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 African
Diaspora


2004 “Woman of the Year” (Education)
Los Angeles County Commission for
Women

“The HistoryMakers Award”

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

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”

“YWCA Silver Achievement Award”

1996 “Parents Choice Silver Honor”