Kiki Smith (born January 18, 1954) is a German-born American artist. Her work has addressed the themes of birth and regeneration. Her figurative work of the late 1980s and early 1990s clashed with cultural taboos surrounding bodily functions. Her earlier pieces confronted subjects such as AIDS, gender and race, while recent works have depicted the human condition in relationship to nature. Smith lives and works in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City.
Smith’s father was artist Tony Smith and her mother was actress and opera singer Jane Lawrence.
Kiki Smith grew up in South Orange, New Jersey and attended Columbia High School. She studied baking and also trained as an emergency medical technician. She was enrolled at Hartford Art School in Connecticut for eighteen months from 1974-75. She moved to New York City in 1976...
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