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Smith, Ray

Ray Smith (American, b.1959) is a painter and a sculptor. Born in Brownsville, TX, he grew up in Central Mexico. After studying fresco painting with traditional craftsmen in Mexico, Smith attended art academies in Mexico and the United States. Later, he settled in Mexico City. Often related to Surrealism in his unreal juxtapositions, Smith’s work is also characterized by a unique kind of magical realism. He creates illogical scenarios, that are full of surprises and special effects, by using dogs and animals as anthropomorphic beings. Smith considers an animal to be an “entity of the human figure.”

The artist has held more than 50 exhibitions around the world during the last two decades, mainly in the United States and Mexico, but also in Japan, Europe, and South America. In 1989, he participated in the Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Smith exhibited at the First Triennial of Drawings at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, and took part in the group exhibition called Latin American Artists of the 20th Century, which traveled from Seville, Spain, to the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Kunsthalle in Cologne, Germany, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Smith’s paintings are among the collections of many institutions of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Wurth Museum in Kunzelman, Germany, the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, amongst others. He currently splits his time between New York and Cuernavaca in Mexico.

Timeline

1959
Born: Texas
2003
Lives and works in New York and Cuernavaca, México
Exhibitions

2003
Wheels and Longarms, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York
2003
La casa de Hielo, Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona, Espana
2003
Mexico Luminado, Freedman Gallery, Albright College/ Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
2003
Los Excesos De La Mente, Centro Andaluz De Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla Espana
2003
Plotting, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, Il
2002
Madison Avenue BID, Where Fashion Meets Art, Fratelli Rosetti
2002
Ray Smith, New works, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York (Solo)
2001
Ray Smith, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago (Solo)
2001
Recent Paintings, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California (Solo)
2000
Roebling Hall Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
1999
Argonáutica, Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain
1998
Ray Smith, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
1998
Galeria Ramis Barquet New York, NY
1997
Galerie Lars Bohman, Stockolm, Sweden
1996
The Battle of the Tailors, Mario Daicono, Boston
1995
Ray Smith, Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam
1991
New Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, France
1989
New Drawings, Akira Ikeda Gallery Tokyo, Japan
1988
Sperone Westwater Gallery New York, NY
1987
Recent Paintings, Gagosian Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1983
Yturria: Paisajes, 1980-82, Mexico City, Mexico