Charles Rogers was born in Nashville Tennessee in 1937. Red studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, and the New School of Social Research in New York. In New York, he participated in the art group “Happenings” and for a short time, he studied with Abstract Expressionist Hans Hoffman in Massachusetts. He was widely known for his assemblage, pop-art paintings, circus themes, and whimsical style. Grooms is viewed as one of the most influential artists of his time and was even honored with the National Academy of Design’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.