Born in Nashua, James Aponovich attended the University of New Hampshire at Durham. He began his career as a portraitist and figure painter, often using himself as subject. He began to exhibit during the 1970s, showing his work at the annual NH Art Association Currier shows from 1973 – 1985, winning prizes for his drawing. In 1976 he was given his first major solo show at New England College in Henniker; it was followed by on at the Currier in 1979. In the 1980’s his career blossomed due to the popularity and mastery of complex still lifes like Tuscan Landscape. This Aponovich’s work features an unpredictable combination of objects set against an idealized Italian landscape. James was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. A Lifetime Fellow of the NH State Council on the Arts, Aponovich was named New Hampshire’s Artist Laureate in 2006. He has exhibited widely in galleries and museums, including 2005 retrospective at the Currier ahead of his artist laureate honor. Now a nationally known artist, his work may be seen in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Portland Museum of Art.