James Meyer was born of Mexican heritage and adopted in Lynwood, California, in 1962. By the time his family moved to the East Coast in 1967, he was already drawing and painting. In the early 80s he attented the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and became the studio assistant for Jasper Johns in 1985.
While the inaugural showing of his work was in Port Jefferson, New York, when he was in high school, he exhibited in New York Ciy since the early 80s. Meyer has lived and worked in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut since the mid 90s with is wife, Amy Jenkins, and their two children, Scarlet and Forrest.
James Meyer, along with his wife and other artists in the area, has helped develop the artgarage, an after school open art studio at the local high school where students can work on long-term projects under the supervision of local artists.