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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burnt Orange
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Never Grow Up.

Birthplace

Born:
5/17/1970
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burnt Orange
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Never Grow Up.

Birthplace

Born:
5/17/1970
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Artist Cedric Lamar Smith was born on May 17, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a young boy, he moved with his mother, Geraldine Smith, to Thomaston Georgia. Smith attended Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Georgia.

After school, he began working as a barber. Smith did not consider art as a career until one of his clients, who was a self-taught artist, invited Smith to his art studio. Smith was inspired by his client’s work. As a self-taught artist, Smith creates a personal genre of work. He draws on a wide range of influences and sources, both traditional and contemporary, including landscape art, pop art, brand advertising, and photography. Much of Smith’s current work is devoted to redressing the absence of African Americans in advertising and on the labels of popular brands.

In 1998, Smith held his first solo exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found in the New York Historical Society museum and public collections, the Coca-Cola Company (Atlanta, Georgia), the Francis Walker Museum (Thomaston, Georgia), the Tubman Museum (Macon, Georgia), King & Spalding LLP (Atlanta, Georgia & London, United Kingdom), the Washington, D.C. Arts Commission, and Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Arkansas).

Smith was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 23, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Cedric Smith lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cedric Smith describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cedric Smith describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cedric Smith describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cedric Smith talks about his sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cedric Smith describes his schools in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Cedric Smith describes his neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Cedric Smith remembers Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Cedric Smith recalls his arrest in Lithonia, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cedric Smith remembers the Milledgeville Intensive Treatment Unit in Milan, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cedric Smith reflects upon the importance of art education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cedric Smith recalls his decision to pursue a career in art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cedric Smith remembers selling his early paintings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cedric Smith recalls his first art show at the Archer Locke Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cedric Smith describes his artwork
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cedric Smith describes his artistic influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cedric Smith talks about the titles of his artwork
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cedric Smith describes his interest in photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cedric Smith talks about his hobbies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cedric Smith describes the photography of Jack Spencer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cedric Smith reflects upon the African American community's perception of art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cedric Smith describes his exhibitions in Savannah, Georgia and New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cedric Smith talks about selling his artwork in galleries
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cedric Smith describes his favorite art pieces
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Cedric Smith talks about the museums that collect his artwork
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Cedric Smith describes his tattoos
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cedric Smith talks about his mother and daughter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cedric Smith talks about his depictions of African American history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cedric Smith reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cedric Smith describes his advice for aspiring artists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cedric Smith reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cedric Smith narrates his photographs