Kiki Smith was born on January 18, 1954, in Nuremberg, Germany where her mother, an opera singer and actress Jane Lawrence was working this time. Smith’s father was a sculptor Tony Smith who represented minimalism.
When Kiki was a one-year-old, the family came back to South Orange, New Jersey, United States where the artist was raised.
From the early childhood, Kiki Smith was surrounded by art. She often helped her father to make paper models of his sculptural compositions in her free time and soon started to explore the beauty of the human body.
Such well-known art personalities, like Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Tennessee Williams, and Mark Rothko were frequent visitors of the Smiths’ house.
Despite, Kiki Smith’s grandfather was also related to art – he worked as an altar-carver.
The artist has younger twin sisters named Seton, born in 1955, and Beatrice who chose the artistic journey as well. The first one is a cibachrome photographer, and the latter was an actress, like her mother. In the 1980s, Beatrice died of AIDS.