Born and raised in Oklahoma, James Yang graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communication arts and design.
Within a few years of entering the illustration marketplace, prestigious trade publications began to show or feature his work: Communication Arts Design & Illustration Annuals, 3×3 Magazine, Graphis, HOW, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Step x Step, and The Art Directors Club of New York Annual. Since 1983, James has won over 200 awards for design and illustration.
Top publishers and clients using his style include (a partial list) : Amnesty International, Arab-American Bank, Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster, Bankers Trust, Bloomberg Magazine, BusinessWeek, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, Forbes, Fortune, HarperCollins, Herman Miller, Hewlett Packard, L.A. Times, Major League Baseball, Microsoft, Money Magazine, NATO, Nabisco, Newsweek, New York Times, The Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, Showtime Inc, Smithsonian Institution, Sony Records, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
Mr. Yang most recently taught at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has also taught and lectured at School of Visual Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Corcoran School of Art, and The University of Maryland. He continues to be in constant demand as a guest lecturer around the world.
Yang moved to NYC in 1994 and now lives in Brooklyn where he lives happily married to acclaimed choreographer and dancer Abby Chan.