Charlie Kaplan was born in Omaha, Nebraska, later moving to Northern California with his family. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley before joining the family business, where he began in sales before moving on to product development and eventually Executive Vice President. Throughout his business career, Kaplan pursued his growing passion to make sculpture, first in wood, then metal, before finding his true calling in carving stone. He studied with a series of teacher/sculptors for over 25 years at Santa Monica City College, UCLA and the American Jewish University. In 1995 he traveled to Pietrasanta for a course with artist Lynne Streeter, returning for the next 5 years to study with her. Pietrasanta, a center for artists since Michelangelo came to select stones at nearby Carrara, has been a spiritual home to Charlie since 2000 – he returns each year to study and to make art. In 2009 the city of Pietrasanta installed one of his large-scale works on the city’s main public pier, a major honor. His works have been placed in many private collections in the US and Italy over the past 15 years. In 2012 his Los Angeles home and studio were featured in Architectural Digest, and the same year ARTslant wrote about his work. In 2013 Kaplan’s work was covered in the Huffington Post, Dwell, and Artweek LA to name a few. He has been a visiting artist at Corcoran College of Art and Design (2013, 2014), at Bard Graduate Center (2016) and at the Noguchi Museum (2017). He had a solo show at Museo Gigi Guadagnucci in Carrara in the fall of 2016. There are 2 catalogues of his work, the first published in 2013 ( essay by Christopher Eamon) and the other in 2016, Armonie e Contrappunti (essays by Massimo Bertozzi, Annette RoseShapiro, and Viliano Viti). They each showcase the artist’s increasingly nuanced vocabulary, rooted in tradition with a distinctive twist. Kaplan is in the process of creating a 13-foot sculpture as a commission for a major SF collection.
- BARUCH COLLEGE'S SIDNEY MISHKIN GALLERY: JULY 2018
The exhibition Pleasing Curves: Sculpture by Charlie Kaplan,
featuring seven works by the Los Angeles-based artist.
- VISITING ARTIST, NOGUCHI MUSEUM: JANUARY 2017
Hands-On at Noguchi: Carving Stone with Artist Charlie Kaplan
- MUSEO GIGI GUADAGNUCCI: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016
The Museo Gigi Guadagnucci, in Massa-Carrara, Tuscany, is pleased to present
a solo exhibition of marble sculptures by Charlie Kaplan as part of its mission
to showcase contemporary artists of international acclaim.
- VISITING ARTIST, BARD GRADUATE CENTER: JANUARY 29, 2016
Charlie Kaplan: Visiting Artist
- VISITING ARTIST, CORCORAN COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN: SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
- UNVEILED: SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
Visiting Artist: Charlie Kaplan
- VISITING ARTIST, CORCORAN COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN: SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
Charlie Kaplan: Visiting Artist
- DWELL: JUNE 6, 2013
A Modern House and Studio for a Marble Sculptor
- PIETRASANTA TOURISM: 2013
Jury selection in 2009 of Charlie Kaplan's "Flight" for the public pier,
photographed for the cover of the city's official tourism brochure
- THE HUFFINGTON POST: APRIL 2013
Artist and Architect Collaborate On Stunning Studio Design
- ARTWEEK LA: JANUARY 14, 2013
Charlie Kaplan: Sculpture, Pleasing Curves
- THE HUFFINGTON POST: JANUARY 2013
Take Me to the Art Fair: This Artweek.LA
- JEWISH WAY MAGAZINE: DECEMBER 17, 2012
Charlie Kaplan's lifelong passion yields a gallery of marble sculpture.
- ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: JULY 2012
Charlie Kaplan's home and sculpture studio are featured
in the article "Perfect Harmony" written by Mayer Rus.
- AU BON CLOS: JULY 30, 2009
Charlie Kaplan's sculpture "Flight" was selected by a jury to
grace the pier in the city of Pietrasanta in the Tuscan region of Italy,
during the city's second annual outdoor public art exhibit.