Kaili Smith was born in the Netherlands (1995) and raised in Australia
Kaili’s current work examines inner-city youth culture, offering alternative perspectives through paintings and film. The work is influenced by his upbringing and experiences growing up as a child aswell as teaching experience and research into behavioral pyscholgy.
His earlier works looked at different people whose lives have been subjected to globalization and merging cultural influences. From migrants fighting to enter Europe on the Moroccan border, to graffiti painters in Istanbul.
Kaili has had numerous gallery & museum exhibits in Europe and the US. He sold out his graduation show In July of 2018 at WDKA in Rotterdam where he received a bachelors degree in fine arts. This was followed up by his Debut UK solo show with Thinkspace at Moniker art-fair which also sold out. He then graduated with a master's degree in New York after receiving a full scholarship at Parsons School of design. This was followed up by his debut US solo show "A Utopia Where The Problems Are Not Fixed" at Thinkspace Gallery in California in October 2020.
In 2017 he had a solo show in Rotterdam The Netherlands at Sober Collective Gallery. The show was titled “Reflection of our times”, which was based on his latest painting series which looked into the parallels popular-culture music have on our daily lives. The paintings were shown along with a 18 minute video-work on the topic of globalization.
His first ever solo show "Europe or nothing”, was a public pop-up show in Rotterdam's busiest street the “Lijnbaan” organized by Gallery RR. The multi-media exhibition gave an insight into the day to day life of migrants trying to cross the border towards Europe. In 2015, with strong right wing protest on immigration in Europe, it was an important time to discuss this subject. The exhibition included paintings, photography, installation work, a short projected documentary as-well as a series of poems read out displayed on screen from Mariboudou Keita both a migrant & writer from West Africa trying to cross the Moroccan border into Europe.
He has also been involved in several group shows with Thinkspace gallery based in Los angels. Who have shows over the world, most notably a group show at Honolulu museum of art, where he debuted his first painting from the Petit Prince series. This was followed by another group show at Museum of Art & History in Lancaster. Also he has taken part in a collection of art fairs & gallery shows including Miami scope during Art Basel week.
A growing aspect to his practice and one of the main focuses during his MFA program is writing & directing short films. He recently wrapped up his second short film titled "It's good to have you here". And is in the process of finishing of several more film scripts.