Ransome was born in North Carolina and moved to a New Jersey suburb as a teenager. He received his MFA in Studio Arts from Lesley University.
He was a tenured professor in the School of Visual Performing Arts at Syracuse University for thirteen years before retiring to pursue his dreams of being a studio artist.
In his practice, Ransome often combines acrylic paint with an array of found, made, and purchased papers. The materials he uses are conceptual statements on an often-overlooked African-American societal legacy that managed to make something out of nothing. The pictorial narratives he creates are personal, yet the symbols he employs are universal and interplay with larger social, racial, ancestral, economic, and political histories that inform our nation to this day.
His work is part of both private and public collections including the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African- American Art. He lives in beautiful Hudson Valley of New York.