Charles Ramsburg, b. 1942, orignally from the Pittsburgh area, moved west to the San Francisco Art Institute in the early 1960's, later to the University of Arizona, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. During this time he also lived near Barcelona in the small Spanish town of Cuenca, home of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol, where he had a profound revelatory moment wherein he knew he wanted to work as an artist. In 1970, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and began showing work.
Ramsburg's drawings, Pathing Sticks, and wood sculpture were inspired when his wife and he built a cabin next to a stream on eighty-two acres of dense woods in the Adirondacks. After thirty-five years in the sparsely treed southwest, verticality, shadows, and water propelled his work into challenging new territories. His drawings in response to woodland walks in the Adirondacks explore his interest in the complexities of dimensionality and spatial contradictions caused by monocular vision. The Pathing Sticks draw on the ancient tradition of the walking staff and its esoteric and functional history, while incorporating organic and manmade materials, seamlessly joined to embody the stillness of an inanimate object with the movement for which it is intended.
Ramsburg has an extensive national and international record of exhibition. His work is part of many permanent collections, including The Skirball Museum in Los Angeles.