Charles Huntley Nelson is a native of Houston, Texas where he graduated from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. He received his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and his MFA in painting from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
After graduation he moved to Atlanta, GA in 1995 where he currently resides. Since moving to Atlanta he has been the artist in residence at the Hammonds House Galleries & Resource Center, part of a cultural exchange with South Africa called Step Afrika!, and has taught at the Atlanta College of Art, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia as an adjunct professor in painting & drawing.
Charles' work has been exhibited at the Race in Digital Space 2.0 conference in Los Angeles, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Rush Arts Gallery and Brooklyn Information & Culture (BRIC) in New York, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and many other venues. His work has been reviewed in magazines such as Art News, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Art Papers.
Charles is currently working on a series of painting based conceptual projects which investigate of the role of personal identity in contemporary society, the notion of interactivity (both inside and outside of the digital domain), and how painting can play a role in these current dialogues by being a part of the equation and not an end unto itself.