Lopez Negrete

About Ray Smith

Ray Smith emerged in the 1980s, and has been pursuing an inclusive, collaborative approach to art-making ever since, producing—often with the input of his longtime studio assistants—exuberant paintings and sculptures characterized by a blend of magical realism, Surrealism, and Modernism. His inimitable style and subject matter reflects his bi-cultural American and Mexican heritage, his early studies of fresco painting with traditional practitioners in Mexico, and an indebtedness to Picasso, the Surrealists, and the politically daring Mexican muralists. Contorted and morphed human figures recur throughout his work, as do images of dogs and other anthropomorphized animals and fantastical, part-human, part-animal hybrid beasts. Through these varied beings, as well as images of distorted timepieces, Smith reflects upon the complexities and absurdities of society, family, politics, culture, war, and the human condition itself, framed by birth and death.

American, b. 1959, Brownsville, Texas, based in Brooklyn, New York and Cuernavaca, Mexico

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
American Calendar, Lyle O. Reitzel, New York City
2016
Ray Smith, Unguernica, Stux Gallery, New York
2016
2009
VOLTA NY: 2009, Ruiz-Healy Art

Group Shows on Artsy

2014
Mana Monumental, Mana Contemporary, Miami
2014
Mana Exposition, Mana Contemporary