Ray Smith

Born in 1959 - United States


Ray Smith is a painter and sculptor born in 1959 in Brownsville in Texas.

He studied the technique of how to paint a fresco with traditional craftsmen from Mexico. Since 1985, he has been travelling between New York and Cuernavaca in Mexico.

A sort of magic realism that is proper to him characterizes the work of Smith. He bends, twists and transplants to reality an illogical creation of scenarios that are full of surprises and special effects.

His inimitable style and his favorite subjects, reflect his double culture, both American and Mexican. In his works Ray Smith tries to transcribe the complexity and absurdity of our society: Family, politics, culture, wars, and the human condition.

The artist often uses his dogs and other animals as anthropomorphic beings:
“They are an entity of the human figure, they are beasts, but they are directly attached to a blueprint of our own existence.”

- Ray Smith

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Biennal Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, 1989.
The First Triennial of Drawings at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain.
“Latin American Artists of the 20th Century,” an exhibition that traveled from Seville, Spain to the Musee National d’Art Moderne at the Pompidou Center in Paris, France.
The Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

the Whitney Museum of American Art
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
High Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta
Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, Texas
Miami Art Museum, Florida
Wurth Museum, Kunzelman, German
Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.

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