Bill Charmatz was born in New York in 1925. He attended the School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan and served in the U.S. Navy (1943-1944).

He began his freelance illustration career for clients such as The New York Times (1945-2005), Washington Post, Esquire Magazine, Playboy Fortune, Life, time and Sports Illustrated. He illustrated a weekly column for S.I. for over 20 years, plus several major painting assignments including; skiing in France, NFL football training and Major League baseball spring training, etc.

He has also worked directly for corporations; Texaco, Price Waterhouse and Exxon corporation For Exxon, Bill did numerous illustration assignments he also was commissioned for a series of paintings of Frances' Canal Transportation system.

Illustrations featured on national and international magazine covers including TV Guide, Time magazine, Money magazine, The New York Times Book review and many other publications. He has also worked for major advertising agencies such as Young and Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson and Ogilvy and Mather.

Bill Charmatz is listed in the "Who's Who of American Art", is a member of the Society of Illustrators, was the founder and Vice president of the Graphic Artist Guild and recipient of numerous awards; Art Directors Club of N.Y., Chicago Society of Publication Designers and the American Illustrated Graphic Arts.

He attended N.Y.U. Teachers College, new School of Social research, N.Y. Ecole des Beau Arts Fountainbleu and Acadamie de le Grande Chaumiere, Paris, France. He was an instructor at The School of Visual Arts for 3 years.

In addition to illustrating and painting for publications and advertising agencies, he has written and illustrated over 12 adult and children's books; "The Little Duster", "The Cat's Whiskers", "Troy Street Bus", "Esquire's Drinkbook", and "The Computer Dictionary for Beginners".

Bill Charmatz's paintings are in the permanent collection of Time-Life, Inc, Annenberg Triangle Collection Philadelphia, Exxon Corp. International, Playboy Inc., Chicago and The Library of Congress Portraits Division, Washington, D.C.


Top left
Bill Charmatz, NYC 1979
Top center
Bill in an inner tube, Mohegan Lake, NY 2000
Top right Bill with daisy, Paris, France 1945

Pictured bottom, left, to right:
Bill and daughter Katrina Charmatz, Central Park, NYC 1987
Duncan Charmatz, Central Park, NYC 1997
Duncan Charmatz, Mohegan Lake, NY 2000
Bill at Lake Mohonk, New Paltz, NY 1982





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