Charles Houghton Howard

January 2, 1899 – November 11, 1978

Charles Houghton Howard was one of the vanguards of American artists who introduced European surrealism and biomorphic expressionism into the U.S. art world. His work is not only a surrealistic representation of the mind’s journey into the unconscious, but also an exploration of the sensing and feeling of self. Born on January 2, 1899 in Montclair, New Jersey, Howard was the third son of a prominent family of architects, painters, and sculptors. When he was three his father, a successful architect in New York, moved the family to Berkeley, California, where he had been appointed supervising architect at the University of California. After graduating from Berkeley High School, Howard enrolled in the University of California and immediately joined the S. A. T. C. (Students’ Army Training Corps), with which he served until the WWI armistice in 1918. He re-entered the University of California in 1919 focusing on journalism. With hopes of one day being a writer, Howard continued his education with graduate studies in Journalism and English on the East Coast.