James Jean was born in Taiwan and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. He currently lives and works Los Angeles.
Renowned for his virtuosic ability to work across different genres with an imaginative and multifaceted approach to image making, Jean fuses contemporary subjects with aesthetic techniques inspired by traditional Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, and Renaissance portraiture. By experimenting with different styles and art-historical genres, Jean depicts detailed cosmological worlds that focus on both individual and universal experiences. Layered with imagery drawn from contemporary culture and age-old allegories, he imagines a collective realm of mythological proportions.
After a groundbreaking collaboration with Prada for their fabled Spring/Summer 2008 collection, Jean has returned after a decade for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Recently, Jean has also worked closely with directors Darren Aronofsky and Guillermo del Toro on poster designs for mother! and The Shape of Water.