Charly Palmer is an American fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. Using a primary medium of acrylic on canvas, his body of work focuses on documenting visual narratives of the African American experience.
His work has been exhibited in dozens of major galleries and museums across the country and is held in the permanent collections of institutions such as the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, Lambeau Field Stadium, Fiserv Forum, and the Coca-Cola Company.
Charly created the artwork cover for singer/songwriter John Legend’s most recent album, Bigger Love that received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy awards. Palmer was selected by TIME magazine to design its July 2020 cover, as part of the America Must Change issue. His phenomenal work has long dealt with themes surrounding social justice and civil rights and his commission from NBA 2K represents basketball’s overall commitment to these causes. In addition to his strong commitment to social justice, Charly recently interviewed with Kareem Abdul Jabbar regarding his foundation, Skyhook and presented him with a painting commemorating his achievements, dedication and his famous skyhook shot. He received an honorable mention when Jimmy Fallon interviewed Kareem about Skyhook Foundation and featured Charly’s work. In addition to his fine art, Palmer has illustrated seven acclaimed children’s books and is currently writing others that will represent black children and families at play. Palmer earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and has lectured widely at American colleges and universities such as Spelman, Morehouse, Brown, UCLA and most recently Fisk.