James Aponovich was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and attended the University of New Hampshire at Durham. Although he began his career as a portraitist and figure painter, he has been known since the early 1980s for his elaborate still life compositions. He began to exhibit regularly during the 1970s, and in 1976 he was given his first significant solo show at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. Since then, Aponovich has exhibited widely in galleries and museums, including the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Examples of his work may be seen in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts and the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, Oregon, among others.