American, born 1954, lives in New York City
Kiki Smith was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and returned home with her family to South Orange, New Jersey when she was one. She grew up in a creative household led by her parents, the sculptor Tony Smith and her mother, Jane, an opera singer and actress. Smith attended Hartford Art School for a year in the early 1970s; during the late 1970s she moved to New York City and began working with Collaborative Projects, Inc., an arts collective. Her first solo exhibition was in 1982 at The Kitchen in New York, and it firmly established Smith’s interest in the human body, especially the female form. Since this exhibition, Smith’s work has been shown widely at museums such as Kunstmuseum in Bonn, Germany (2000), the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh (1998), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (1996), and the Lousiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark (1994).