Ray Smith, Brownsville, Texas, b. 1959
Painter, sculptor and printmaker Ray Smith was born in Brownsville, Texas. He studied fresco painting with traditional craftsmen in Mexico, attended art academies in Mexico and the United States, and was raised in Mexico City. Since 1985, he has divided his time between New York and Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Ray Smith bends, twists, and transplants, creating illogical scenarios that are full of surprises and special effects. The artist often uses dogs and 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
Ray Smith exhibited in the 1989 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and “Latin American Artists of the 20th Century,” that traveled from Seville, Spain to the Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris, France; the Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. His paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, TX; Miami Art Museum, FL; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.