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Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith


Artist Work

Man Playing A Woman
Oils on Canvas
Creation and Destruction
Oils on Canvas
Birds N Feathers
Oils on Canvas
Cherries N Reds
Oils on Canvas
Shell Man
Oils on Canvas
Urban Mermaid
Oils on Canvas

Artist Information

Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Valerie A. Smith, a Baltimore artist and surrealist illustrator and painter. Born in Baltimore Ms. Smith was raised in the Bronx, New York. As a child, she loved to read about mystical characters and mythological beings of fairy tales, folklore and legends. The source of her work comes from her dreams and her great imagination. Her vivid and colorful paintings can tell a story which will leave an impression on the viewer. Ms. Smith studied Architectural Design, fine arts at Maryland Institute (MICA), fine arts at the Towson University’s College of Fine Arts and Communications. She studied Basic Electronics and learned a great deal about reading schematics. She earned her degree from the Professional Institute of Commercial Arts (PICA). Her work has a unique blend of architectural design, fine and commercial arts combined to make her distinctive surrealistic style. She is currently an active member of the Hamilton Arts Collective, Artist U (GBCA –Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance), MaxGalleries, the Towson Artist Collective (TAC), Upton African American Artists Collective and the Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures. Annually, she applies for recognition at the Soundheim and Bakers’ awards.

Artist Bio

Valerie Aleta Smith - Currently lives and work in Baltimore, Maryland

Valerie Smith is artist working primarily in oils on canvas, bottle art, cigar box art and shoe art.  She often employs bold and bright colors in her surrealism style of painting.


Graduated:  Professional Institute of Commercial Art – 1984

Studied:  RETS Electronics and Architectural Design School; Maryland Institute of Art (fine Art);

Towson University College of Art


2009 -  Joe Squared Restaurant

2013 – Padonia Stations Restaurant

2013 – Towson University, Department of Chemistry


2012 – Ukazoo Bookstore

2013 – Stations North Coffee House

2014 – The Downtown Cultural Arts Center

2014-2018 Hamilton Arts Collective (HAC)

2014 – 2917 Max Galleries

2015 – The Wind-Up Space

2014-2017 Maryland Art Place (MAP)

2015 – The Peace of Art at Penn Stations

2015 – Collective Minds Event at Druid Hill Park

2015 – Industrial Arts Collective (IAC)

2015 -2018 Towson Arts Collective (TAC)

2014-2019 Soundheim and Baker’s Artist Awards

2014 – 2019 Hamilton Gallery Collective Arts

2018 – Columbia Arts Association

2018 – Artist Compound at Mount Vernon

2018 – Peale Museum

2018 – Lexington Market

2018 – Kromah Gallery at Howard Street

2019 – Member of the Upton Visual Artist’s Collective and exhibits

2019 – Arena Players Playhouse Exhibit

2019 – Batch Bakery of Harford Road Exhibit

2020 – Highlandtown Gallery – Magnolia Designs/LLC

Member of:  the Hamilton Arts Collective, Artist U (GBCA –Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance), the Towson Artist Collective and the Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures

2014 – Interviewed with Oswald Copeland Journalist of the Examiner and posted on
You Tube as:  “Utopian Dreamer, Baltimore’s Val Smith”

2015 – Contributed a chapter to a book written by Jan Sinnott, PhD.  Chapter Entitled:  “Dual Identities as an Artist”

2015 – Mentioned in Gloria Garrett’s  -

2015 – Interviewed by a Towson University Sociology student for her studies in sociology classes

VOLUNTEEER:  Creative Alliance and Everyman’s Theatre

Has work in collections in Baltimore City and County, New Jersey, Nevada, Washington D.C , Hawaii and Africa.