b. 1971, Baltimore, Maryland; lives in Los Angeles, California
Painter and sculptor Shinique Smith is known for her monumental creations of fabric, clothing, and calligraphy which resonate on a personal and social scale. Inspired by the vast nature of “things” we consume and discard, she pulls from vibrant sources including dance, graffiti, Japanese calligraphy, and fashion. Her residency at Tamarind resulted in three published editions that incorporate her personal abstraction, fluid gestural marks, and sculptural totems.
Smith attended the Maryland Institute of Arts, where she received her BA and MFA. Her work has been collected and exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, among many other venues. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Anonymous Was A Woman Prize.