Patricia A. Smith

PATRICIA ARANKA SMITH

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Smith is the youngest of three children born to Hungarian immigrants who escaped Budapest by foot during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Longing for a bigger landscape, she spent her childhood plotting her escape to other cities and countries.

Her life evolved like her abstract paintings, consisting of numerous textures and layers on vibrant backgrounds. Her open color fields are reflective of her need to explore and are often offset by detailed, complex patterns that represent compartmentalized moments in her life and how she absorbs her experiences and the influences of some of the places she has lived including Cairo, Athens, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris and New York. For many years, she was an executive in the cruise industry and traveled extensively to exotic lands.

After hanging up her business suits, Smith spent the next several years dividing her time between the south of France, Denmark and Costa Rica. She collected pets, people, stories, objects, and observations. She experimented with furniture and design, made color palettes with food and hung out with some highly esteemed chefs before moving to Paris to focus on her art and writing.

After nearly two decades overseas, she returned permanently to the United States and settled in Florida where she became a newspaper columnist and restaurant critic while continuing to paint, create, invent and cook. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Florida and California, selected for a number of juried art shows and is collected throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe.

Smith relocated to Los Angeles in 2011 and is the co-author of the award-winning cookbook “In Pursuit of Excellence” with two-star Michelin Chef Josiah Citrin. She is a keen observer of the human condition and it remains a recurring theme in both her art and writing. She can also be found, seen (or heard) in commercials, on television, in art installations and music videos as well as short and feature films, industrials, music and viral videos.

When she isn’t knee-deep in paint, acting, writing, or saving the world from stupidity, she is quietly paying close attention to the world and her intuition; they both continue to guide her journey as an artist and human being. If it doesn’t cause her to think (or crack up) it surely won’t find its way into her work – which is why she occasionally refers to herself as a “stay-at-home comedienne”.

You can follow her on Twitter as @nonconfromist.  To contact her directly, send an email to nonconfromist@gmail.com. And yes, it’s spelled that way. Pay attention.