Charlie Tjapangati started painting in 1977 for the Papunya Tula Artists and was greatly influenced by the older men painting for this collection of artists, while he was living in West Camp, Papunya. He typically created artworks that told stories about the Tingari cycle, including a massive artwork now in the collection of the National Museum of Australia. This particular artwork was also shown in the show ‘Australian Perspecta 81’, at The Art Gallery of NSW, which became one of the first acts of acknowledgement of Papunya Tula paintings by the Australian contemporary art world.
In 2000, Charlie travelled to Sydney with a group of four men from Kiwirrkurra to commence painting a ground painting at the Art Gallery of NSW for the opening of a show called Papunya Tula: Genesis & Genius. He has shown his work in many group exhibitions and held two solo exhibitions since his career began and his works are part of major collections in Australia and the USA.