Christopher Smith was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1958, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia. The Detroit area, known for its economic and social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s, gave him the background to see how the memory of artistic form survives even the hard effects of time. From the sacred to the secular, the human figure has always interested him. All of his pieces are unique creations, which he models from life. “Every time the model poses,” he says, “I am amazed at the redolence of the human form.”
Christopher always intended to be a sculptor. Upon completing a degree in sculpture at the University of Michigan, he opened an independent studio. His theme has consistently been the figure, in solitary or in combination with other figures in compositional narratives. He sculpts mostly in clay and direct plaster, and casts in uncommon materials. Since the mid 1980s his figures have been exhibited extensively in North America, the UK, and Sweden.