James Rose is originally from the town of Kinderhook, New York, in the Hudson River Valley. He went to the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. He also lived in San Francisco, California for many years, showing his work at Art SF, Studio Z, the California College of Art and the Hotel W. He moved to NYC in 2008. He has shown in several galleries in New York and New England. He was also an activist for social justice during the first couple of years of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.