A painter in watercolors, muralist and wall paper designer, Seeman was a native of Vienna, Austria, coming to the U.S. in 1938. Though trained in art in Austria, he took additional classes at the Pratt Institute of Art.
He began designing scenic and decorative wallcoverings in the 1940s, founding James Seeman Studios, which he sold 30 years later, in 1973. The company sold and distributed his designs worldwide.
He lived in Water Mill, Long Island with a winter residence in Miami, Florida.
Obituary, The New York Times, May 12, 1994.