Charlotte Mayer was born in Prague in 1929. She studied at Goldsmiths School of Art from 1945–49 and at the Royal College of Art from 1949–52. Charlotte Mayer lives and works in London.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Pangolin, London (2012); The Thornflower, Salisbury Cathedral (2009); Southwark Cathedral (2011). In 2011, Mayer was commissioned to make a sculpture about kayaking for the 2012 Olympic exhibition.
In 1980, Mayer was elected Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and, in 1981 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
Throughout her career Charlotte Mayer has employed different sculptural techniques in her work including welding, modelling, carving and fabrication. Early carved pieces gave way to abstract, dynamic constructions in wood and metal, although she would equally turn her hand to modelling birds or animals. Mayer is acutely aware of natural forms, which permeate her work in the form of movement or texture reminiscent of animals, shells, plants, landscape, fire and water. For instance spiral shapes recur frequently in Mayer’s work, either tightly contained, as in a snail shell, or dynamic, such as waves curling on to the shore. In more recent works the human form has gradually taken inspirational priority in her sculptural and drawing works.