James Thigpen Jr. (born July 9th, 1986) is an American contemporary artist whose work explores the multifaceted experience of Black culture.

Born in Flint, MI, James recalls one of his earliest childhood memories of attending career day in the second grade as an artist. Since that moment, he has worked tirelessly to evolve in his destiny.

He completed his undergrad studies at Mott College and University of Michigan-Flint. During those years, he received faculty recognition as a standout student in his class gaining three American Advertising Awards, also known as Addys.

James relocated to New York in January 2013 and in a short time gained the opportunity to build with multiple artists, writers, and companies; one of the most prestigious being Jazz at Lincoln Center which creates art for the most elite musicians in the world. 

In 2017, James demonstrated the significance of technology in the art world by partnering with Microsoft® to produce his first digital art experience at their 5th Avenue Flagship store in Manhattan.

With the birth of his daughter, Victory Joy Thigpen, James now resides in Detroit, MI where he continues to create, explore his surroundings and experience this new chapter of his life.