Born in Miami, Florida of a rich family heritage of Grand Turk, Exuma, and the Eleuthera Islands of the Bahamas; nationally acclaimed painter, print-maker, draftsman, muralist and educator, Charles E. Humes, Jr. has been a professional fine Artist for over forty years. Influenced as a youth by the Civil Rights Movements of the 70’s and 80’s in which social perception and status was based on the color of one’s skin or the place one calls home, Humes early expressions found a voice championing the plight of the homeless, urban conditions and stereotypes predicated on socio political, educational, economic prejudices and bigotry.
Humes received many national and regional awards for his signature depictions of the African-American condition. Humes studies included Florida State University, Florida International University and Miami-Dade College earning arts degrees in Fine Arts, Printmaking and Arts Education. A recipient of the State of Florida’s Individual Artist Grant in painting, a Smithsonian Southern Arts Federation Print-making Fellow, an Arvida Bake-House Arts Complex Fellow and Residency, and a Florida State Artist Residency-Fellow, Humes paintings and drawings has been exhibited in major galleries and universities receiving numerous awards, grants and honors throughout the United States of America.
Humes has created acclaimed multi- media large scale mosaic murals for arts in public places throughout the State of Florida and is considered a master technician in the art of glass, shell and ceramic mosaics. A member of the NCA (National Conference of Artist), NEA (National Educators Association), FEA (Florida Educators Association), DEA (Dade Educators Association), UTD (United Teachers of Dade), and the Kuumba Artist Association of Florida, Inc., and the Post-Kuumba Collective Organization, Humes has been an outspoken and noted voice in the South Florida Arts Community.