Charles Gaines received his BA from Jersey City State University and his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He taught at California State University, Fresno from 1967-1989;; since 1989, he has been on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include: All Of This And Nothing, Hammer Museum Invitational, Los Angeles, January 2011; Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, Hammer Museum, January 2011; State of Mind/Art from California Circa 1970, Berkeley Art Museum and Orange County Museum of Art, October 2011; Under The Big Black Sun: 1974-1981, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 2011. He is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Studio Museum, New York; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego & La Jolla, Calif.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Franciso Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA., Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria; Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen, Germany; Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany. He is represented by Susanne Veilmetter Los Angeles Projects; Kent Fine Arts, New York; Brigitte March Gallery, Stuttgart.