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Charlie Ciali received his B.F.A. Degree in Ceramic Arts from Daemen College in 1978, followed by graduate studies at Edinboro University, Edinboro Pennsylvania where he studied under renowned ceramicists, Robert Milnes, George Ferguson, Steve Kemenyffy, and Donna Nicholas. During that time his work was shown in many group shows including the Albright Knox Art Museum, Buffalo New York and won entry into the “Super Mud” Exhibition at Pennsylvania State University, the leading American ceramics exhibition of its time. Following Graduate School he became a flight attendant for a major airline of which he is now retired. Currently he teaches several workshops a year around the country in both mono-print and encaustic painting in addition to holding open studio time for both mediums at his studio located in Palm Springs. He also teaches printmaking for the Palm Springs Unified School District from grades five through twelve.

Living in Minneapolis for over two decades he worked as the Assistant Director for MC Fine Arts Gallery considered one of the leading galleries in the Midwest. After five years with MC Gallery he opened his own gallery, “Perspectives” which specialized in glass and ceramic arts.

Perspectives Gallery earned national recognition in several trade magazines and was named “Best of the Twin Cities” for art galleries in its first year. The Gallery was invited to participate in a visiting Gallery Exhibit at the Tokyo Exhibition Center in 1995.

In 2002 he moved to Palm Springs and shortly after opened Ciali Studio where he offers assisted open studio time and teaches workshops.

Today Charlie Ciali’s work is primarily monotype prints and encaustic painting. Monotype prints are prints pulled form a painting that has been painted on a plexiglass plate. Only one impression is made from the painted plate. The difficulty in this method of work is that the artists is always working in reverse of the final piece, several “drops” of the inked plate may run through the press on one piece until the finished art work is achieved.

The encaustic process has a long and rich history dating back to 800 B.C. Greek ship makers using beeswax to caulk their boats may have begun to add pigment to the wax to decorate them. The Romans and Greeks used pigmented wax to paint over marble sculptures to give them a more life like form. The most recognized art for this era are the Fayum Portraits from Greco-Roman Egypt that date from 100 B.C. to A.D. 200 which where head and shoulder wax portraits set into mummy casings.

Charlie Ciali has served as a Palm Springs City Commissioner on the Parks and Recreation Board and the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Palm Springs Museum Artist Council and is an invited instructor frequently at the Museum. In addition he teaches privately in his studio. He has been a mentor for six years with the Arts Institute of Palm Springs High School and has served as President of the Board for the Friends of the Arts Institute at Palm Springs High School. In 2012 he launched a printmaking program with the Palm Springs Unified School District teaching printmaking from grades 4-12.
Charlie Ciali’s work is currently in private collections from Norway to Australia and may also be found in many corporate collections in the United States and Canada.

For more information visit Charlieciali.com.

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