Born on Valencia Island, Co. Kerry in 1943, Charles Harper studied art at the Limerick School of Art and the National College of Art, as well as film making in Bonn. He has exhibited widely, in countries such as India, Switzerland, Italy, Latvia, England, France, the US and Sweden and is the recipient of many National Awards. He was a founder of the EVA exhibitions in Limerick and also a founding member of Aosdana. Harper has been a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy since 2002, and for many years a Lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design. His work is included in many important public and private collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, RTÉ, Limerick City Art Gallery, Allied Irish Banks, and in many Irish Embassies throughout the world.