Richard Smith was born in Kent. From the sixties to the nineties, due to drug dependency, he led a turbulent life, spending time in prison and doing menial jobs, including one as a grave digger.
He always had the urge to draw or to paint when circumstances in his life permitted ; during his short schooling (he left school at 15), his only interest was in art and later on during his imprisonments, he always managed to create by some means or other, using any materials that came to hand, or that he could procure.
Since the late nineties he has dedicated himself to his Art, producing numerous paintings, drawings, sculptures/assemblages, and even personalized furniture. He works mostly with recycled materials, found paper and wood, his artworks representing images of his inner world.