"Born November 1, 1944 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Messam attended school where he acquired the nickname "artist" as he was always drawing. In 1963, Messam took a correspondence course in Commercial and Fine Art. He worked as a hotel chef and also drove a taxi until 1985. He has now given up all unrelated work to concentrate on his painting. Today, he works mainly in acrylic." This biography located on an education website online.