Pop-artist Charles Houska (pronounced House-ka) has been a working artist for more than 20 years and opened his own gallery /studio, Houska St. Louis in 1998. St.Louis, Mo. is now his home base.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Houska earned a bachelor’s degree in art/visual communication from Illinois State University in 1987, and worked as a graphic designer in Chicago for a few years. He was pleasantly surprised to find, though, that his own art was enough to support him, so he moved back to Springfield to work as an artist full-time, gradually growing on to St.Louis Mo.

Besides his acrylic-on-canvas paintings, Houska paints murals and billboards, and his art has appeared in a variety of forms, from credit cards to shower curtains to an Illinois license plate. Major corporations, including Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Absolut Vodka, and Bergners Co., have commissioned Houska to create artwork for their specific needs. In addition, Houska markets a line of merchandise called Houskadoodles, which include t-shirts, greeting cards, magnets and more.

Perhaps one of Houska’s favorite projects is his work with school-age children through a program he calls Houskaballoo, in which he collaborates with students on mural projects in their schools. Houska also involves himself with charitable organizations, especially those dealing with animals, such as PAWS, Stray Rescue and The Humane Society.

Aside from his creative ability, Houska also has a keen business sense, which has allowed him to build a solid reputation and an extensive client base. He strives to meet individual needs by providing personalized service and versatility. His “anything is possible” approach to art and business promises to meet the needs of anyone, from individuals to corporations to organizations.

Charlie Houska Website

Selected Works