Carmen Smith

Miami | Painter | Acrylic | Oil | Pastel | Paper Collage

Carmen Smith features


Coral Springs Museum of Art | Hermes Berrio Carmen Smith


Exposed Art Exhibition | -9/30

Carmen art exhibitions reviews




IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN AT LARGE | LNS Gallery | Review by Carmen Smith


Variable Elements | Club Gallery | review by Carmen Smith

Nick Mahshie: Smokescreen | review by Carmen Smith


11th Florida Biennial | Art and Culture Center

Christina Nicola :I Want To Be Wonderful | Review By Carmen Smith

Carmen Smith Bio

Artist Bio 
Carmen Smith is a visual artist based in South Florida. Originally from St. Augustine, FL, she moved to Miami in 2008. She is an Associate Artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. She earned the Academic and Creative Excellence Award at VCU.

She has participated in more than 15 juried shows and fairs, including the 8th Annual All-Media Juried Biennial (Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 2017) and Spectrum Art Fair (Miami, 2017).

She has participated in many group exhibitions including The Portfolio Review Series, Coral Gables Museum (Miami, 2019) and Everything Old Is New Again, Superfine NYC (New York, 2017). In 2021, she held her first solo exhibition entitled “Night Swimming” at Second Street Gallery (Charlottesville, VA). In May 2022 she exhibited alongside Hermes Berrio at Coral Springs Museum of Art. The two-person exhibit, “Rushing Down,” explored themes of urban Miami life. She is best known for her intensely colorful paintings of tropical urban scenes with pools and slides.


Carmen Smith’s artwork explores the link between color, the built environment, and emotion. Central to her practice is the belief that color as well as structures, like the figure in art, have emotive and intellectual influence. Her current series Night Swimming emphasizes the nocturnal South Florida landscape, presenting the magical glow of pools and colorful buildings. Her compositions are kept simple, while her use of color is exaggerated.

Carmen’s paintings are fictitious scenes, yet they appear familiar. They are carefully built from memories, experiences and familiar Floridian architecture. She layers drawings of buildings, patterns, pools and slides to create a balanced geometric composition. Her use of familiar settings entices viewers with relatable scenery. Her choice of perspective positions the viewer as part of the scene. She uses an exaggeratedly bright, sometimes neon, color palette to explore and symbolize themes relating to the personality and culture of South Florida such as opulence, decadence, escape, nostalgia, flashiness, leisure and fun. The result is a more nuanced consideration of how places affect experience, memory, and identity.



2005  BFA magna cum laude, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond, VA

1999  BA, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA

1998  St. Petersburg State University, International Student Exchange Program, St. Petersburg, Russia


2017/18 Merit Certificate, Annual “Paint Me Miami” Art Competition

2003      Academic and Creative Excellence Award, VCU School of the Arts

2003      Dean’s Scholarship Award, VCU School of the Arts       

Solo Exhibitions

2021  Night Swimming, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, Apr 2-May 21, 2021o

Juried Exhibitions

Exposed, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Aug 29-Sep 25

Topography, Willow Street Gallery, Washington, DC, Mar 9-Apr 14, 2019

Sense of Place, Arts Warehouse, Delray Beach, FL, Jan 11-Feb 25, 2019 (2 Person exhibition)

Superfine! NYC Art Fair, New York, NY, May 2-6, 2018

Art and Soul, Gallery One, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April 27, 2018

Art Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, January 24-28, 2018

Superfine! Miami, Miami Art Week, Miami, FL, December 6-10, 2017

Paint Me Miami, Little Haiti Cultural Center Art Gallery, Miami, FL, September 2, 2017

Superfine! NYC Art Fair, New York, NY, May 4-7, 2017

Art and Soul, Gallery One, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April 28, 2017

Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists’ Guild Exhibit, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, Jan 23-Feb 7, 2017

Art Bravo, Art Serve, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 2-24, 2017

8th Annual All-Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, Jan 21-March 5, 2017

Spectrum Miami
, Miami Art Week, Miami, FL, November 30-December 4, 2016

 Art Trax Gallery, FATVillage Arts District, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 30, 2016

Select Group Exhibitions

The Portfolio Review Series, Coral Gables Museum, Miami, FL, August 2, 2019         
Civil Rites, Sandrell Rivers Theatre, Miami, FL, January 21-April 4, 2018
1310 Gallery, Group Exhibition, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, June 11-July 8, 2017
Everything Old Is New Again, Superfine! NYC Art Fair Curated Gallery, New York, NY, May 4-7, 2017
Wynwood Yard Artist Showcase, Miami, FL, February 14, 2017           
Ligne Roset Art Basel Showcase, Ligne Roset Miami, Miami, FL, December 1, 2016
At Home with Art, Ft. Lauderdale Home and Remodeling Show, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, November 18-20, 2016


Mediums painting
Studio Bakehouse Art Complex
Recent Show Coral Springs Museum

Is there an artwork you’ve made that surprised you?

Yes, it was one I painted for my last show at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, and it surprised me because I pushed the neon color to an extreme I hadn't tried previously and the result was really outstanding .

Carmen Smith, "Closer to the Sun"

Which artwork is the most personally meaningful to you?

The most personally meaningful painting to me is "Forty Winks." It captures a man sleeping on a shopping cart. He was dressed nicely, and it was the middle of the day. I have never stopped thinking about him, even now I wonder why he was there and if he's okay.

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Carmen Smith "Forty Winks" 2017

Is there a piece that signifies a breakthrough for you?

Yes, the piece is called "Empty Basket," and it signifies a breakthrough because I had never painted an urban city scene so simply. It was a departure from what I was working on previously, and it was more realistic as well. But it worked, and it led me to paint my first really successful series "High Noon."

Carmen Smith "Empty Basket"

Do you have a piece that you made during a rough patch in your life?

During hurricane Irma I started a painting. I kept working on it while we all cleaned up and waited for weeks for the debris to be cleared. The chaos and instability of that experience is part of the painting.

Carmen Smith, "Birdbath II"

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