(b. 1990, New York City)
Bruno Smith is a Mexican-American artist who lives and works in New York City. Smith’s work investigates the production and display of culture and identity, from the clothes we wear to the objects we present in museums. He is primarily concerned with the politically charged history of the colonization of the Americas and the impact of its legacy on the LatinX community. Smith intentionally confuses and questions the original function of his materials and the significance of their iconography. In Smith’s investigation, culture exists anachronistically in its formation of identity.
Since receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smith’s work has been exhibited nationally in Miami, Chicago, and New York, notably including the 2010 and 2012 editions of the Bruce High-Quality Foundation’s Brucennial. During his time with Apostrophe NYC’s Base 12 Project, he participated in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Coney Island’s Luna Park, Mana Contemporary, and the MTA’s Kosciuszko Street J train station. He currently shows with Ki Smith Gallery, and he is an MFA candidate at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. His works can be found in several prominent private and public collections including the US Embassy in Sri Lanka.