Having grown up in Santa Fe New Mexico, where his parents once ran a local art gallery, Carl Smith has always been surrounded by art and has experimented with a very wide variety of mediums. He has exhibited his work in France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, U.S.A, and Great Britain.

After completing his studies at Cooper Union in New York City he moved to Berlin in 2001 and since then has continued exploring the mixed-media approach he has developed which uses a synthesis of collage, photography, screen printing, and painting.

In October of 2013 Smith had his first solo exhibition in Berlin at the DAT gallery in Charlotenburg and his work was shown the previous year at the Macparis art fair in Paris. In July of this year Smith took part in the 'Pop Shake up' group show at Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles as well as the Berliner Liste fair for contemporary art.

He presently lives in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district where he has his studio as well as a fully functioning silkscreen workshop. Smith can be found regularly at various street markets and events with his limited edition prints on archival paper.