Carl Hugo Beetz was born December 25, 1911 in San Francisco, California.
Beetz’s formal training included classes at the Art Students League in New York, Grand Central Art School, the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles where, in 1935, he became an instructor. In 1937, Beetz joined the California Watercolor Society and exhibited with them for the next several years. In 1944, Beetz moved to San Francisco where he taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts, the Academy of Advertising Art, and the City College of San Francisco.
He is regarded as one of the California regionalists and was renowned for his studies of the underbelly of American sports such as boxing and horseracing.Throughout his career Beetz exhibited widely in California and other parts of the United States. His solo exhibitions included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1942, M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum in 1944 and The Jepson Institute in 1949.