Born and raised in New York City, Charles Apt became a painter in contemporary realist style. Apt received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. He was influenced by his grandfather, Sam Lumiere, a well known portrait photographer, and his mother, Tami Apt, a fashion and jewelry designer. Early in his career, Charles Apt was an illustrator and then spent two years traveling in Europe before returning to New York to continue painting. Apt's work includes still lifes, nudes, portraits, beach scenes, landscapes, interiors, musician figures, and horses. An exhibition at the National Museum of Raching in Saratoga resulted in "Best of Show" award for his painting "The Railbirds."
Apt has taught at the National Academy of Design and The Art Students League of New York. He was elected Academian of the National Academy, and his work has appeared in numerous art books and publications such as "Arts Magazine." He is also profiled in "Who's Who in American Art." After many years in New York City, Apt established a new studio in Los Angeles where he now resides and works.