Charles Pompilius is a figurative painter based out of both Detroit, Michigan and Naples, Florida. His paintings have been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States, including ones shown in New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Scottsdale, and Birmingham, MI. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. In 1984, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship. Pompilius has taught painting at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Edinboro University. He is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award as well as the Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant.
In 2011, he completed the official portrait of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, which now hangs in the capitol rotunda in Lansing. In 2013, he painted Allan Gilmour, President Emeritus of Wayne State University. Shortly after in 2016, he completed the portrait of Congressman Fred Upton from Michigan’s sixth district. It currently hangs in the Rayburn Building in Washington, DC.
Today, Pompilius is developing a series of paintings and pastels inspired by the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. In these he seeks to capture the power and enormity of sky and water. He also continues to accept portrait commissions.