Born in 1976, Long Beach, California based painter Ali Smith has a B.S in Studio Art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and an MFA from California State University.
“Smith uses the canvas as an open space of exploration; an empty landscape that serves as the starting point for investigation into abstract terrains. The recurring visual trope of Rococo-like excess and abundance performs a celebratory re-assertion of the endless possibilities available to the painter. Smith weaves together fleeting thoughts, moments of time, the fine lines between fact and fiction and subjective desires within her canvases, which in turn present the hopeful attitude of the artist, in the face of the realities of life and experience.”
Smith has had solo exhibitions in New York, Houston and Los Angeles. She has been included in numerous group shows, including the Laguna Art Museum (CA), Irvine Fine Arts Center (CA), as well as shows in Boston, Tokyo and Basel. Her work is included in the collections of the Laguna Art Museum (CA), Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), Progressive (OH) and the Chaney Family Collection (TX).