Charles Berninghaus (1905-1988) was surrounded by art as a child and encouraged by his father; painter Oscar Berninghaus, to pursue his creativity. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Charles grew up spending  summers in Taos, New Mexico, the landscape of which became his primary subject during his career.


He attended the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York before settling permanently in Taos in 1927.


His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, New York, the Museum of History and Art, Los Angeles and the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.