About Charis Congail

Charis Congail lives and creates in Santa Fe, NM, having found her true home after experiencing the United States as an Air Force brat. In a sense, she traveled full circle and settled not too far from her father’s childhood home in Red River, NM.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and went on to show in numerous regional exhibitions including the Wisconsin Biennial, the Appleton Art Center Secura Exhibition, and with Artspace Collective and Jambalaya Cooperative of Oshkosh, WI. She has been the recipient of the Milton K. Gardener Excellence in Sculpture grant, and several 1st place and best of show awards in both sculpture and drawing. Her work can be found in numerous private collections throughout the United States.

Charis’  background and training as a sculptor left her craving a more disciplined approach to art, and after a decade-long hiatus from the art world, she embarked upon educating herself in classical painting techniques with which she could better communicate with her audience. 

Her figurative paintings are created in oils, using classical/traditional methods, and drawing breath from contemporary themes. Her subjects communicate intimately with the viewer, and draw her audience back into the experience of a deeper and more meaningful connection with art and fellow travelers. Always drawn to the human condition and relationship to the broader experience of the world, she is currently exploring the idea of wilderness in contemporary thought. This exploration derives from her interests in deep ecology, interconnectedness, and quantum mechanics. 

Her work is Influenced by the Italian and Dutch masters, including Caravaggio and Rembrandt, and inspired by contemporary painters Jeremy Lipking, Daniel Sprick, Pamela Wilson, Will St. John, and Serge Marshennikov. 

She is a current member of the Portrait Society of America and Oil Painters of America, and was recently awarded an honorable mention in the Oil Painters of America Fall online showcase. Her work can be found online at chariscongail.com, instagram.com/chariscongail, and she is listed with portraitartist.com.


Charis can be reached at  760.832.6879  or  chariscongail@gmail.com