John Smith was born in Walthamstow, East London in 1952 and studied film at the Royal College of Art. Since 1972 he has made over forty film, video and installation works that have been widely shown internationally in galleries, cinemas and on television. His solo exhibitions include Royal College of Art Galleries, London (2010), Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2010), Sala Diaz Gallery, Texas (2010), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006), KunstmuseumMagdeburg (2005), Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2003) and Pearl Gallery, London (2003). Major group shows include Berlin Biennial (2010), The Talent Show, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2010), Altermodern Tate Triennial (2008), Venice Biennale (2007), A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain (2004), Live in Your Head, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2000) and The British Art Show (1984). John Smith’s work has been awarded major prizes at many international film festivals and profiled through retrospectives at festivals in Oberhausen, Cork, Tampere, Uppsala, Glasgow, La Rochelle, Regensburg and Winterthur.
John Smith is Professor of Fine Art at the University of East London.