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“I combine my passion for art and conservation to create works that express my experiences and have a positive impact on the environment.”

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Charity Oetgen is a Southern California based artist specializing in oil and watercolor paintings of animals. Her combined interests in arts and wildlife have taken her to Africa and across the Americas in pursuit of her favorite subject matter: bonobos. Friends of Bonobo named her a signature artist and designer of their fundraising images.

She has developed a remarkable career as both an internationally recognized artist and a champion of animal conservation. National Geographic recently published six of her gorilla watercolors that highlights the Dian Fossey legacy.

As a painter and conservationist, her goal is to create a dedicated moment that offers viewers the chance to emotionally engage with the issues and the inhabitants and illustrate what we stand to gain or lose in our efforts.

Charity holds a Master of Fine Arts degree at Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, California. Collectors of her artwork include Jane Goodall, the ARCUS Foundation, Claudine Andre of Lola Ya Bonobo, Annette Lanjouw, and Damien Mander of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.

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2017 Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD), MFA, Laguna Beach, CA

2014 Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD), BFA, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 Independent study, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa


2017 40th Meeting of American Society of Primatologists, Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington D.C.

2017 Emerging Artists 2017, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

2017 Intuitive Realities 1, Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA

2016 Small Works Exhibition, LCAD on Forest, Laguna Beach, CA

2016 A Pant Hoot Affair (fundraiser), Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, Shreveport, LA

2016 Collectors Choice, Montage Hotel, Laguna Beach, CA

2016 Joint Meeting of the IPS and ASP, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2016 Chimpanzee in Context, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

2016 Emerging Artists 2016, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

2015 BONOBOS:  Back to the Wild, Hemingway African Gallery, New York, CA

2015 Emerging Artists 2015, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

2015 CAUSEWAY: An Exhibition of Works, City Hall, Laguna Beach CA

2014 L’etreinte Arborescente, Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA

2014 80 Years of Jane, Jane Goodall Institute France, Paris France

2014 Wave Rider: Inspired by the Art and Life of Nina Fitzpatrick, LCAD on Forest, Laguna Beach CA

2014 Emerging Origins, Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2014 Resident Artists, Laguna Inkspot, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 Art for Haiyan (Fundraiser), LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 Cake, The George Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 Endangered: Art for Apes, Miami Club Rum, Miami, Fl

2013 Great Ape Summit (Fundraiser), Jackson Hole Center of the Arts, Jackson Hole, CA

2013 Veterans Art Project, Laguna Inkspot and Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 Artists Inspiring the Raindrops, Women for World Health (Fundraiser), Alexander Rug Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 Collectors Choice 5×7, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA



2014-2017 Kling Family Foundation Scholarship, Laguna Beach, CA
2013 Terry Smith & Wayne Peterson Scholarship, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA
2010-2013 Merit Scholarship, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA
2012 Grapes for Grads Scholarship, Laguna Beach, CA
2012 Pacific Arts Foundation Scholarship, Santa Ana, CA


2017 “Dian Fossey and the Gorillas She Saved”, National Geographic, September.
2015 “World Heritage Sites: Home to the Great Apes”, GRASP Infographic,, April 22.
2014 “Charity Oetgen and Jane Goodall”,,
December 19. 2014: “Charity Oetgen”, 93.5 Radio, Laguna Beach, July 29th
2014: “Bonobos and Tattoos”, 93.5 radio, Laguna Beach, March 9
2014: “Art and Tattoos”, Laguna Art Magazine, March-May
2013: “LCAD Student Fundraising for Ape Project”,, May 7
2012: “Safety for Our Wild Cousins”, Washington Post, August 18, pg. C-3
2010: “Cranial Visions”, Memento Publishing, Northridge, CA, pg.113


Annenberg Foundation: Los Angeles, CA
Jane Goodall: Paris, France
Arcus Foundation: New York, New York
Jane Goodall Institute: Vienna, Virginia
Jon Stryker: New York, New York
Claudine Andre: Kinshasa (DRC), Africa
Annette Lanjouw: New York, New York
Damien Mander: Victoria, Australia
Vicki Gumm: Laguna Beach, CA
Emily Genty: Neuchatel, Switzerland
Denise Cucurney: Long Beach, CA