Charles Gruppe

“Coastline II”

“Sails at Rest II”




Artist Charles Gruppe image2

(Page updated 8/19/20)



Biographical Information for artist Charles Gruppe (1928-2019)

Charles C. Gruppe comes from a respected families of East Coast artists.  His grandfather, Charles Paul Gruppé (1860-1940), studied and painted in Europe until moving to Rochester, New York. His uncles, sculptor Karl (1893-1982) and painter Emile (1896-1978) were successful and widely recognized for their work.  Charles’s, father Paulo Gruppe, was a gifted cellist.

Charles Gruppe studied at Yale University and at Columbia, as well as at the National University of Mexico.  He earned a Masters of Fine Art from Columbia University while on a fellowship there.  He was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship Grant and studied in Italy where he received an Italian Government Award.

Sadly, Charles passed away in October of 2019.

COMMISSIONS: Paintings, American President Lines; S.S. Coolidge, Jackson Wilson; Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT; Fort Lauderdale National Bank, Florida; Dolly O’Brien Estate, Palm Beach, FL; First National Bank, New Haven, CT; Actor Charlton Heston


  • Allied Artists AM, New York, NY
  • Boston Arts Festival; Silvermine Guild Artists, New Canaan, CT
  • American Landscape Award, Provincetown Art Assn, MA
  • N.E. Annual Nantucket Art Assn., Nantucket, MA
  • Lord & Taylor, New York, NY
  • Cape Cod Art Assn., Gold Medal
  • Butler Museum, Youngstown, OH


  • Witte Museum Purchase Award, San Antonio, TX
  • Knickerbocker Artists Award, New York City, 1985
  • Hudson Valley Art Assn. Award, 1990; Samagundi Club 1st Award, New York City, 1995
  • Arthritis Foundation Bronze Medal and Purchase Award, 1996
  • First Prize, Museum of Science & Art, Bridgeport, CT, 1997
  • Frederic Waugh Memorial Award, Provincetown, MA 1998
  • Art and the Law National Competition Award, 1998
  • Philip Schumaker Marine Award, Porckport Art Assn, 1989
  • Lyme, CT Art Assn, 2nd Prize, 1995
  • North Shore Art Assn. Award, 1994
  • Windsor Newton National Competition Award, 1995
  • Essex Art Assn. Popular Award, 1999
  • Hilton Head National Jury Show Award, 1999

WORKSHOPS GIVEN: 1995 – 2000:

  • Greenwich, CT; Marco Island, FL; Jupiter, FL; Hilton Head, SC; Sedona, AZ; Northern Michigan Workshops; Cincinnati Arts Club; Acapulco Mexico – 1995
  • Athens, Greece – 1996
  • Rome and Paris – 1997
  • Portugal – 1998
  • Spain – 1999

GALLERIES: Washington, D.C.; Cape Porpoise, ME; Key West, Sanibel Island, and Naples, FL; Hartford, New Haven and Guilford, CT; Barcelona, Spain; Montreal, Canada

Represented in over 5,000 private collections.