A Colorado native, Charles Luna was born into a family of artists, art patrons and art enthusiasts. It’s no wonder, then, that he was encouraged to explore his innate artistic ability and enthusiastic passion for art making from an early age. As the artist himself puts it, “Making art is something I have always loved and have always done throughout my life.”
Luna developed freely as a self- taught artist from childhood through adolescence, appropriating and synthesizing the styles and techniques of popular media art and culture. He then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder as an art major, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing in 1994. For the next several years Luna pursued an art career path as a festival and gallery artist, including a 1995 exhibition at Stables Gallery and a 1996 exhibition at King of Hearts Gallery, both in Taos, New Mexico. In 2000 Charles received a license to teach art through Metro State College in Denver, Colorado, and began working as an arts educator in the public school system. Currently Luna is pursuing an MFA degree in painting at Colorado State University.
I imagine that most people who choose the path of the artist do so in large part as a response to an affinity and/or latent talent for art making. As a life-long artist, these motivations are the basis for my art experience as well. However over the years my reasons for pursuing this path have developed beyond these foundational attributes, and have become more focused on gaining self awareness through artistic self expression and exploration. My growth as a person and an artist has been largely influenced by special personal relationships with important people in my life, and from my personal involvement in the intellectual vocation, both as a student and as a teacher. Each artwork I create in its own way is representative of how interactions with certain individuals and learning experiences over time have impacted my life, informed my process, and determined the direction of my creative expression. It is my intention through my art to visually express those things in my experience that are genuinely important to me, and to communicate something insightful about the human condition itself.