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Abstract Expressionists We Love: Bisco Smith

on March 06, 2023

Bisco Smith
New York, NY

Bisco Smith is a prominent contemporary Abstract Expressionist artist hailing from New York. He seamlessly fuses his musical and graffiti roots into a unique and expressive visual language - a kind of lyrical approach to deconstructed expressionism, which I find really compelling.

Contemporary artist and Abstract Expressionist Bisco Smith

'Dream Chaser' by Bisco Smith, 2019.

His approach is characterized by gestural marks and abstracted text and seem to capture the essence and energy of the particular moment of creation. He apparently also draws inspiration from his deep connection to music (he was a DJ for years).

His artistic influence extends globally through solo exhibitions in cities like New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and with collaborations with major brands (e.g., Nik, Adidas). His roots in graffiti, documented in influential books, and his entry into the music world underscore his multifaceted artistic journey.

Contemporary artist and Abstract Expressionist Bisco Smith

'Reset the Priorities' by Bisco Smith, 2022.

Drawing on his street-painting background, Bisco Smith uses materials like household paint and spray paint to abstract words to near illegibility. This technique is clearly informed by his graffiti roots, and it reimagines Abstract Expressionism through a contemporary lens. 

Check out more of Bisco Smith's work:


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.

Contact: Pete Stein - Galerie Stein at