Cerdan Smith poses next to his latest work â€œKing of Pop: Michael Jackson, This is Itâ€ on display at the Los Angeles Sentinel.
Photo Credit: Jason Lewis for Sentinel
Artist Cerdan SmithBy Jason LewisSentinel Staff WriterArtist Cerdan Smith isn't just a painter, he considers himself more of a designer."I get bored with pretty pictures," Smith said. "I like to be innovative."Smith does not like to be told that an idea is not possible. An art teacher told him that that stretching canvas a certain way was not possible, but that did not sit well with Smith, who cuts and bends the edges of the canvas to give his paintings more than just a square or rectangle shape. Smith was born in Washington DC, where he started drawing and sketching on the walls at age three. He obtain scholarships to the Smithsonian School of Art and the Cochrane School of Art in Washington DC. When Smith was in the 8th grade Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC held a contest that pitted students from all over the region against other students in the same grade. Smith created a painting depicting the Nation's Capitol Building, and he beat out all of the other 8th graders to win the prize. By that time Smith knew that he wanted to have a career as an artist.Smith is multi-talented."I'm not just skillful in one area," Smith said. "I did a number of things in the art world exceptionally well. So when it comes to fashion design, costume design, automotive design, product design, I'm quite gifted in many areas."Smith likes to be an innovator, a true artist."In the make up of all of this, it's not the work the artist does, but it is how well the artist understands his resources, it's how well he knows how to use what he has," Smith said.Smith sees himself as more of an inventor or a designer than an artist. He wants to see how an artist can bring something new and different to our culture. The pieces that Smith has created are not your run of the mill paintings. They are more of concepts that he has. No two paintings are a like in anyway. Most of them have their own unique shape. One of Smith's many pieces on display at the Sentinel's art gallery is his tribute to Michael Jackson. The life size piece cost $50,000, but miniature one foot versions will be on sale for $70. The miniature version will come with a stand. Smith's work can be viewed at the Sentinel during normal business hours.