Chuck Close was born as Charles Thomas Close on July 5, 1940, in Monroe, Washington, D. C., United States. He is a son of Leslie Durwood Close and Mildred Emma Wagner.
Close’s parents were both related to art and encouraged their son to pursue his artistic journey. So, Leslie Durwood, talented in craftsmanship, created the first easel for his son. Close’s mother was an accomplished pianist who never fulfilled her musical career because of the financial problems. However, she did everything to develop the artistic mind of Charles pushing him to a variety of extracurricular activities and by hiring private art tutors.
Since the childhood, Chuck has had some health problems, in particular, dyslexia, facial blindness and neuromuscular condition.
Chuck Close made a strong decision to become a painter when he explored the abstract art of Jackson Pollock at the age of fourteen.