Kiki Smith was born in 1954 in Nuremberg, Germany. She is currently an adjunct professor at NYU and Columbia University, and she lives and works in the United States.
Since the 1980s, Smith has been known for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and textile.
Smith has been the subject of over 25 solo museum exhibitions. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2012 National Medal of Arts, the 2010 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, the 2009 Edward MacDowell Medal, and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000, among others. In 2006, Smith was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the “TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World.”