Born in Baltimore and currently living in Brooklyn, Shinique Smith's artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Smith works in a variety of artistic mediums, including painting, sculpture, collage, and video. The creative manner in which she incorporates materials-found, bought, and created-into bundled sculptures and three-dimensional installations is a hallmark of her art. Smith has found inspiration from a diverse range of sources. Japanese calligraphy and abstract expressionism have been important to her, although as a former member of a graffiti crew she has developed a body of work that owes much to the tradition of tagging public space.
Smith's work was exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2009; she was the second artist to activate the Studio Museum's Project Space with an installation designed and executed especially for the gallery. Her work has also been exhibited at venues including; The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The New Museum, New York; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; PS 1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York; and The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado. She is included in public collections such as The Denver Art Museum, Colorado; The Studio Museum, New York; The Margulies Collection, Miami; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.