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Smit was born in Pretoria and studied at the Pro Arte School of Arts from 1996 to 2000. He lives and works in Cape Town.

Magnified several times bigger than life size, the scale of his human-height portraits is part of the viewer’s experience while investigating the work. Up close he wants them to absorb into the surface of the work, with the drips and swathes of paint. Only then will they step away to discover the image and the power of the portraits – they are at once figurative and abstract.

"I am confronted with the fact that I live in Africa, and I draw inspiration from the people I see in my daily life. It is this 'regular person' that I have selected to become part of my process."

Residue Series,
oil on canvas, 230 x 165cm, 2010
Wayne Cahill Barker   Gerhard Harald Batha   Walter Whall Battiss   Deborah Margaret Bell   Bongi Bengu   Willie Bester
Peter John Bonney   Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff   Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi   Norman Catherine   Erika Hibbert   Phillemon Hlungwani
Robert Griffiths Hodgins   William Kentridge   John Kramer   Speelman Mahlangu   Colbert Mashile   Clare Menck
John Mark Moore   Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa   Olbie Olberholzer   Walter Oltmann   Milwa Mnyaluza George Pemba   Uwe Pfaff
Karin Preller   Dan Rakgoathe   Albert Redelinghuys   Jürgen Schadeberg   Lucky Sibiya   Jaco Sieberhagen
Lionel Smit   Richard John Smith   Angus Taylor   Alfred Thoba   Andrew Verster   Edoardo Villa