Charles John Tersolo II was born in Rochester, New Hampshire, in 1974. Charles graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. Inspired by the creative possibilities of the cityscape, he moved to Boston.
In 2004, Charles was selected to join the Copley Society of Art, the nation's oldest non-profit art association. In 2009, the board of governors unanimously named Charles a Copley Artist.
As of 2016 Charles now lives and works in New Britain, Connecticut, previously living in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with a studio and gallery in Boston's South End. He has been working exclusively as a fine art oil painter since 2003.