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 Rose¬≠Shapiro, 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.