Carl Hoppe was a native Texan born in San Antonio and grew up amoung some of the leading artists in the state, including Porfirio Salinas, Robert Wood and Jose Arpa. Hoppe attended field trips with Julian Onderdonk.
Hoppe began painting as a youth and later studying under Jose Arpa with Clara Caffrey Pancoast, John Enser, Gilbert Neumann and others, exhibiting numerous paintings in the mid to late 20's. Many of the exhibits were held at the Witte Museum by exclusively Jose Arpa & His Students, consisting of a large class of approximately 42 students. His works have also been exhibited at the River Art Group and in the 1990's a Special Exhibit of his works were held at the Panhandle Plains Museum.
Hoppe was an accomplished artist sought out by collectors.