Apt is a native of New York City. He received a Bachelor of Fine
Arts degree from Pratt Institute. His early artistic development
was influenced by his grandfather, Sam Lumiere, a world renowned
portrait photographer and his mother, Tami Apt, a designer of
fashion and fine jewelry. An early stint as an illustrator was
followed by a 2-year painting sojourn in Europe. Charles returned to New York to continue painting and later held
his first gallery showing in New York.
a result of this showing, wider recognition became apparent when
he was invited to do a series of thoroughbred paintings to be
exhibited at the Aqueduct Race Track. Subsequently, he
had a one-man show of paintings and drawings of the race at the
Aqueduct Gallery. An exhibition at the National Museum
of Racing in Saratoga resulted in "Best of Show“
award for his painting, "The Railbirds".
commitment of a "one-man show“ at the Grand Central
Gallery in New York City, of the life and people of Portugal, took Charles and his family for two summers to Europe.
to the U.S., he continued to receive many awards such as "Le
Prix Prince Souverain“ for a painting now in the collection
of Prince Rainier from Monaco. Charles received the prestigious
Benjamin Altman Award from The National Academy of
Apt, who characterizes his work as contemporary realism, has exhibited
his work over 30 years in national and international shows and
museums. He has had many one-man exhibitions, and has taught at
the National Academy of Design and The Art Students'
League of New York.
He was elected
Academician of the National Academy. His work has appeared
in numerous art books and publications such as Arts Magazine
and American Artist. He is profiled in Who's Who
in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in American
After spending many years in New York City, Charles established a new
studio in Southern California, where he now works and resides with his wife, Ursula.