Kiki Smith (born January 18, 1954) is a West German-born American artist whose work has addressed the themes of sex, birth and regeneration. Her figurative work of the late 1980s and early 1990s confronted subjects such as gender and race, while recent works have depicted the human condition in relationship to nature.Smith lives and works in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City.
Smith’s father was artist, Tony Smith and her mother was actress and opera singer, Jane Lawrence. Although Kiki’s work takes a very different form than that of her parents, early exposure to her father’s process of making geometric sculptures allowed her to experience formal craftsmanship firsthand. Her childhood experience in the Catholic Church, combined with a fascination of the human body, has long shaped her work conceptually.