James Roybal; Born 1952 in Santa Fe N.M, James from an early age has known he was an artist.

Roybal got his first taste of casting bronze at age 12 from public school teacher Earnest Badyinski. James was lucky enough to have him also in high school and worked with him in his studio casting bronze during summer vacations.  James attended Highlands University and finished his formal education at New Mexico State University.

James furthered his foundry education working and managing in fine art foundries for 6 years, until in 1983, he became a full time artist.

His first juried show, while still in high school, was the 1971 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, again participating in 1973.  James has won numerous first place and best of show awards since then. James has had shows in over 40 Galleries around the United States.  Roybal has his work in collections around the word. He is in "Who’s Who In American Art," and in the book "Contemporary Western Artists," among 700 of the most important living Western artists.

In, 1986 James participated in the Governor's Gallery show, New Mexico State Capital. In 1987, James was asked to participate in the Albuquerque New Mexico Museum, Annual Miniatures Show, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994. James has Judged and participated in the Contemporary Spanish Market, in Santa Fe, winning the Southwest Art Magazine award in 2003, First Place Awards, in Pastel 2008, 2009, in Acrylic and Oil 2010 and Best of Show in Bronze 2012. The Pastel Journal has also recognized his pastels. James was asked to demonstrate and speak to the New Mexico Pastel Society in Albuquerque, 2000, 2006 and 201.  In 2010 Roybal was accepted to show 2 pastels at the Pastel Society of America show.  He is a Member of both the Sculpture Society of America, and the Pastel Society of New Mexico.

Roybal excelled in both painting and sculpting in college, he concentrated on sculpting in bronze and marble, only painting and drawing for his own pleasure.

In 1995, James decided to devote more time and energy to his painting.  In 1994, he picked up his first pastel, James says; "I felt at ease, it was like coming home."  He has sold hundreds of pastels, and over 1300 bronzes. "I am always looking for new challenges, in bronze and painting. I am not looking for a particular recognizable style. A particular style can be limiting. More important, I hope to grow with subtle maturity. There is always another level to obtain, new understanding of structure, form, the use of color, lost and found edges, light and shadow. Each painting or sculpture brings new challenges and new ways of seeing. Working in bronze and painting has opened new horizons for me."