James Albertson was born in Wisconsin in 1943. He grew up in Illinois and received his BFA, from the school of the Art institute of Chicago in 1966. Moving to Oakland, California he received a MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1968. In 1989 Albertson relocated to Sacramento, where he currently resides. He works and teaches from his home studio as well as instructing 2D art studio at Sierra College in Rockland, and American River College, in Sacramento.