Charles Gaines received his BA from Jersey City State University and his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has had over 70 one-person shows and several hundred group exhibitions in the US and Europe. He is represented in the US by Paula Cooper Gallery (NY) and Susanne Veilmetter Los Angeles Projects. In 2013 he had one-person exhibitions at the Studio Museum, (NYC) and the Paula Cooper Gallery (NYC). Continuing and past exhibitions include: Blues For Smoke, Bennett Simpson, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 2012) and the Whitney Museum (2013); Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960 – 1980, Curator: Prof. Kellie Jones, Hammer Museum (2011) and PS 1 MOMA (NYC, 2012), All Of This And Nothing, Hammer Museum Invitational, curated by Anne Ellegood and Douglas Fogle, Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 2011); State of Mind/Art from California Circa 1970, Berkeley Art Museum and Orange County Museum of Art, co-curated by Constance Lewallen and Karen Moss, (October 2011); Under the Big Black Sun: 1974-1981, Paul Schimmel, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2010) and the Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY, 2012); Human Nature, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011); “Dance / Draw”, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, (2011); "Locations", Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (2011); Other exhibitions include: The Artist Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA (October 2010); Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (November 15-May 3, 2011); Venice Biennale, Robert Storr, curator (2007). He is in the collection of many museums including: Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum (NYC)‚ Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Walker Art Center (Minn.), The Blanton Museum of Art, (Austin), Hammer Museum (LA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), Pomona Art Museum (Pomona, CA), Orange County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Oakland Museum, Fresno Art Museum.