Since 1978 Charles H. Cecil has lived in Florence where he devotes his time to portraiture, landscape and figure painting. He began teaching in 1983 and has since trained an international body of students.
Cecil graduated with honours in Classics and Art History at Haverford College before further studies at Yale University. He then received grants from the Greenshields Foundation to train at the ateliers of R. H. Ives Gammell in Boston and Richard F. Lack in Minneapolis. A fellowship from the Stacey Foundation enabled Cecil to paint landscapes in Europe.
He has twice received major awards at the National Academy of Design in New York: The Hallgarten Prize for oil painting and the Altman Prize for landscape. In 2008, Charles H. Cecil Studios was awarded the Excellence in Art Education Award by the Portrait Society of America.
His portrait work is represented in international collections, including the American Philosophical Society and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Charles H. Cecil is listed in Who’s Who in America.