Dean Smith received a double B.A. in Art and the History of Art in 1984 and an M.F.A. degree in 1988, all from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a recipient of a California Arts Council Fellowship Award in 2002. His drawings are represented in numerous public collections: The British Museum, London; the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. He has presented his work both nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, and Marvelli Gallery, New York. He is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim. Dean Smith lives in Berkeley, California.