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Raven Smith

Raven Smith is a portrait/figure painter born and raised in Chicago. She completed a four-year art education at the Chicago High School for the Arts, graduating in 2018 as a painting/drawing major. During this time she launched her commissioning business. She has exhibited at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Southside Community Art Center. She has gained local recognition and has been recognized by Teen Vogue in an online publication. She attends the School of the Art Institute Chicago on a Presidential Scholarship.

See Some of Smith's Work

1. Untitled: Distraction #1, 2019. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48 inches. When reality is too intense it is not uncommon for people to search for distractions to escape.

2. Limbo, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches. Limbo focuses on the bleak feeling of depression and displacement that comes with being in a creative drought. 

3. The Healing Properties of A Sausage Tree, 2021. 48 x 36 inches. In many sub-Saharan African communities, people with albinism have been kidnapped, dismembered and killed for the “healing properties/powers'' they are believed to possess. The sausage tree flower, native to areas where maltreatment is most common, are also used for healing properties.