Charlie Ciali received his B.F.A. Degree in Ceramic Arts from Daemen College, Amherst, New York in 1978 followed by graduate studies at Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania. During that time his work was shown in many group shows including the Albright Knox Art Museum, Buffalo, New York and the Super Mud Exhibition at Pennsylvania State University.
Living in Minneapolis for over two decades, he worked as the Assistant Director for MC Fine Arts Gallery, considered one of the leading galleries in the Midwest. After five years with MC Gallery he opened Perspectives Gallery which specialized in glass and ceramic arts and fine jewelry. Perspectives Gallery earned national recognition in several trade magazines and was named "Best of the Twin Cities" for art galleries in it's first year. In 1995 Perspectives Gallery was one of twenty galleries from the United States invited to participate in the Tokyo Arts Expo.
In 2002 he moved to Palm Springs and began doing commissioned abstract portrait work. Considering himself a mixed media artist, he explores combining different mediums and how they interact with each other.
Today Charlie Ciali's work is primarily in monotype printing and encaustic painting.
Charlie Ciali has served on the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission. He currently serves as Executive Vice President of Fund Raising for the Artist Council at the Palm Springs Art Museum. He mentors high school students with the Arts Institute of Palm Springs High School where he has served as Board President. In 2013 he created a printmaking program in conjunction with the Palm Springs Unified School District instructing printmaking for grades three through twelve.
Charlie Ciali operates Ciali Studio where he teaches encaustic painting and printmaking in an assisted open studio format. Workshops in printmaking and encaustic painting are offered throughout the year. Charlie Ciali is a certified instructor for Enkaustikos, a leading encaustic supply company and has been a featured artist for Enkaustikos and R&F Encaustics. He is a certified instructor for AKUA / Speedball Inks.