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Charles Muench, born 1966,  is an artist living in between the Sierra Mountains and the high plains desert of Nevada. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts-with great distinction degree from San Jose State University. He studied primarily under Maynard D. Stewart, a student of Frank Vincent DuMonds and the son of renowned Utah landscape painter, LeConte Stewart. After receiving his degree, Charles attended classes at the Art Students League with David Leffel, Michael Burban, Jack Faragasso, and others. In 1992, Charles moved to Madrid, Spain, where he painted the city and countryside, studied Velasquez, copied master works in the Prado, and attended classes at the Circulo Bellas Artes. He is a Signature member of the California Art Club.

Press and Publications
Tahoe Quarterly, Wild Western Art, Mountain Home issue 2017.

Art of the West, Artists Painting National Parks, November/December 2016.

Southwest Art, Sounds of Silence, Featured cover artist, April 2013.

Art of the West, Sierra Pack Trip, July 2012.

American Art Collector, Feature Article, June 2010.

Southwest Art, My World, Feature Article, June 2007.

Plein Air Magazine, Artist’s Profile, Feature Article, May 2005.

International Artist, Master Painters of the World, Aug/Sept 2003.

Southwest Art, A Man for all Seasons, Feature Article, June 2003.

Southwest Art, The Feminine Form, November 2001.

Southwest Art, Artists to Watch, November, 2000.

Selected Awards and Honors

2021, "Icon of Yosemite" purchased by the historic California Club.

2018 "Trail’s Reward" was purchased by the Hilbert Museum of California Art

2017 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Small Works- Great Wonders Exhibit

His work was included in the prestigious Coeur d'Alene Art Auction in Reno, NV. His painting, Crystal Cove Patterns, is now in the Irvine Museum’s permanent collection

2013, 2008, and 2005 Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Patron’s Choice Award

2012 California Art Club's 101st Annual Exhibition, Irvine Museum Gold Medal Award. His painting was purchased by the historic California Club, in Los Angeles, CA, and hangs in their permanent collection

2010 California Art Club's 100th Annual Exhibition, The Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape

2009 California Art Club's 99th Annual Exhibition, Southwest Art Award of Excellence

2008 Heritage Art Exhibition presented by Joan Irvine, First Place Award

2007 and 2005 Crystal Cove Alliance Invitational in Laguna Beach, CA, First Place Award and Best Painting of the Cove Award

2006 Telluride Plein Air Show, Best of Show/Artist’s Choice Award

Press and Publications

American Legacy Fine Arts presents Charles Muench in Southwest Art Magazine, April 2013.

Charles Muench Featured in Southwest Art Magazine, April 2013

Charles Muench loves the lonely places. It is the in the West, under a vast open sky, that the artist finds inspiration for his landscape paintings. “To truly understand the …

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