Though he’s only 24, Smith will have a lot to live up to in 2014—his brief two-year career since graduating from Cooper Union has seen him mount solo exhibitions at several top U.S. galleries (including Suzanne Geiss, Salon 94
, and OHWOW). Mugrabi isn’t alone in his selection either: David Zwirner has similarly called Smith an artist to watch, and Forbes
named him one of their “30 Under 30
” at the end of last year. His process-oriented paintings and prints are hot market commodities already—in fact, a work he made while still in graduate school headlined Phillips
’s contemporary auction last month.