Charles Strong (1938-2013)

Black and white photograph of Charles Strong
Photo by Paul O'Connor


Charles Strong was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1938 and spent over fifty years exploring Abstract Expressionism. The work of Clyfford Still made an impression as a young artist. In 1959 he enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the alma mater of artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and Frank Lobdell. As such, he would come to be associated with the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism.

As a child, Strong had often visited Taos, New Mexico with his father. He returned to the area to settle in Ranchos de Taos in 1989, and remained an active and generous member of the art community and community at large in Taos until his passing in 2013.

Schools of Study

Coronado School of Art, San Diego, CA 1957- 58
San Francisco Arc Institute, San Francisco, CA 1959-1963
Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan, ME 1960

Partial List of Collections

Oakland Museum, CA
San Francisco Art Institute, CA

Selected Awards

Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom, 1963
National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, 1982

Selected Exhibitions

Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA 1969
UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA 1972
UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 1972
De Saissec Museum, Santa Clara, CA 1985
San Jose Art Museum, San Jose, CA 1985
Gregory Ghent Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1987
Iannecci-Lanzone Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1988
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA 1997

Charles Strong at 203 Fine Art

Please follow the link below to view the online catalogue for the 2017 exhibition San Francisco to Taos.

San Francisco to Taos 2017 Exhibition Catalogue on ISSUU

Selected Works in Our Inventory