Charly Palmer was born in 1960 in Fayette, Alabama and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A successful graphic designer and illustrator with his own design studio and Fortune 500 clientele, Palmer devotes much of his life to pursuing his fine art dreams. Of his work he says, "What makes it unique is not what I'm saying, but how I'm saying it. A trademark of my art is the circles and hidden messages throughout the piece. What I have also discovered is that my work is most successful when I allow the experience to happen and not to control it".
Palmer has brought to his complex pictorial compositions a technique and style that is unique and readily identifiable. He sometimes creates work under the assumed name 'Carlos', his alter ego. This allows him, he says, the freedom to experiment and have fun with his art. The result is a series of paintings that is less controlled and more abstract and ethereal.
Charly Palmer studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, and has taught design and illustration at the college level. His work is in private and public collections which include Atlanta Life Insurance, McDonald's Corporation, Miller Brewing Company and the Coca Cola Company. He currently lives and works in Atlanta.