Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He currently lives and works in Conway SC.
The American artist has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in numerous solo and group shows: he has shown in gallery exhibitions in Paris, New York, San Francisco, and in museum shows across the United States. His work has been acquired by several private collectors, including fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan. Clary has been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including, WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hi-Fructose, and Beautifuldecay.com. He was also featured in the Art On Paper Art Fair in 2014 and again in 2017, where he was ranked the #1 artist you should be collecting at Art on Paper.
"In February of 2013, I lost both my mother and father; it was a devastating time in my life, but I channeled my grief into the conceptual ideas of my work. I began to think about nostalgia, longing for a childhood I never had, and parents that I needed. These thoughts brought me to the exploration of drywall and discarded wallpaper. The idea behind the more recent work using retro pop culture from my childhood is of order from chaos, beauty from destruction, and hope for more joyous times."