Charlie Sanchez Jr. was born in 1947 and lives in Tome, New Mexico. Charlie is a straw appliqué artist who has created his own signature style by experimenting with mixed media. Charlie incorporates traditional techniques while continuing to explore new and innovative ideas, always with a focus on self expression. His art is coated with home-made gesso and painted with natural mineral pigments in different colors before the straw and other native vegetation is applied to the surface of his work. Charlie has won numerous awards for his traditional folk art and has been collected by several museums throughout the Southwest.