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CHARLES WERBANY
Philadelphia Student Artist
Growing up in New Jersey, just across the river from Philadelphia, Charles Werbany was introduced to art by his grandmother, who taught him about artistic perspective at a young age. Today, he studies illustration in Philly, and has found a path that inspires him.

As a student, Charles deals with financial hardship constantly, and as an artist, self-doubt. “You have to literally keep pushing forward. You’re going to hit some bumps on the way. You’re going to get self-conscious or feel like you’re not good enough, [but] you’re just a human being. Once you push through it, that’s how you get to something even better.”

Philadelphia has a strong influence on Charles and his art. “You have so much diversity [here]. Everybody’s so colorful in their own way. I just see myself as a part of this big group, because you can have pride [in] saying that you’re from Philly.” Combining his enthusiasm for the city with its food, history, culture, sports, and work ethic, he found himself excited to take on his most recent project. Philadelphia has a strong influence on Charles and his art. “You have so much diversity [here]. Everybody’s so colorful in their own way. I just see myself as a part of this big group, because you can have pride [in] saying that you’re from Philly.” Combining his enthusiasm for the city with its food, history, culture, sports, and work ethic, he found himself excited to take on his most recent project.

“You’re going to hit some bumps on the way, [but] once you push through it, that’s how you get to something even better.”

Charles’ newest art installation on Market Street is filled with all those colors and history that inspired him. “I wanted to make something bold, because Philly is a bold city. I [wanted] the characters immersed into the whole cityscape.” With close attention to its colonial architecture and history, and in recognition of the city’s core tenet of brotherly love, Charles hopes that the people of Philadelphia view his piece as an accurate and relatable portrayal of their city.

“As an artist, you’re always evolving. I chose illustration because I wanted to get my art out in the world. I didn’t want to have my art confined to one gallery. I want my art out there.”

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