Carl E. SmithVon: Laguna Beach, CA Age: 41
Carl E. Smith is an artist and graphic designer. He has worked professionally in the action sports industry since 1995. After positions as head art director and subsequently creative director at Electric Visual, Smith went on to launch his own design and fine art projects in 2010: CES Design and CES Contemporary. CES Design continues Carl’s work in commercial design with global clients across industries. CES Contemporary joins forces with emerging international artists to propel them and their work through the contemporary art world and into the public eye. In both, Smith promotes an atmosphere in which creative individuals can feel nurtured to sync and collaborate towards common goals. Smith also continues to create his own original fine art works, realized primarily as collages conveying the beauty, excitement, ruin and rebirth of iconic elements from our everyday lives. Using symbol, color and space, he creates explosive images that live between archetypal fantasy and truth. Carl E Smith was born and raised in the artist colony of Laguna Beach, California, and lived in Prague, Czech Republic from 1997 to 2004. He currently works and resides in both locations with his wife, Simona, and son, Sean.