Alexander D.C.D. Smith was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, September 16, 1984, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of three.
Smith’s artistic abilities became apparent very early; he enjoyed copying cartoons from books, and by age five he was sketching detailed scenes. While he never stopped making art, it wasn’t until about six years ago that he decided to focus on art and design as a career.
He pursued graphic design studies at California State University, Northridge receiving a BA in 2009. Since then he has created a wide range of pieces in a variety of materials, including canvas, wood panels, wall murals, clothing and shoes, furniture, motorcycle helmets, skateboards and more.
Smith says, “If paint will stick to it, I will paint it.”
Smith’s work explores the tension between opposites: dark and bright, glossy and matte, precision and spontaneity, structure and freedom. His work is inspired by urban and Asian cultures, typography, early cartoons, sports history, entertainment design, motor sports, and manufacturing techniques.
Smith is a proud member of the Los Angeles Art Association. He has participated twice in the Beverly Hills Art Show where in 2012 he received an award for his work. He has also shown his work in multiple art galleries and museums since 2009. Smith’s work has been displayed in Los Angeles, Venice, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Culver City, and Pebble Beach.
There is a constant struggle for balance inside me that energizes my art. This struggle stems, in part, from who I am – a biracial artist who has had to contend with issues of identity and who constantly examines who he is. In my art, as in my life, I examine these issues of duality. To me, everything has an opposite: good and bad, positive and negative, flat paint and gloss paint, control and its loss. My work explores these dualities and challenges the viewer to do so as well.
As ideas emerge for new pieces, so too do color schemes. I see the work in my head before a single drop of paint hits the canvas. The textures, however, evolve organically with each subsequent layer of paint, as my conscious mind and subconscious mind strive to create balance in the piece.
-Alexander D.C.D. Smith