Richard Smith, also known as Rick Smith and UFOteacher in paranormal circles, is an alumnus of the State University of New York. He has an Associate in Applied Science in Advertising Art and Design from Farmingdale College (1991) and a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts from Old Westbury College (1996).
Since 1991, Smith has allowed himself to be a conduit of ‘downloaded’ extraterrestrial information, turning such conversations with what he refers to as ‘Mother’ (aka. the Crone) into the golden thread of visual communication that emanates throughout his work as an artist, poet and lecturer. The artist’s exploration into this realm resulted in an evolving process requiring subject and medium to become symbolically and metaphorically enmeshed with one another. Though he began working in acrylics, this exploration led him down the path of a mixed-media artist and graphic designer.
Smith coined the phrase ‘extraterrestrial downloading’ back in the early 1990’s with his artwork at a time when such ideas or concepts where just beginning to penetrate the general public’s awareness. Since then the phrase, inspired by the hi-tech industrial revolution of the nineties, has spread far and wide becoming a household term in today’s world. He gets a good laugh out of this knowing that if he had a nickel for everytime someone used the term, he’d be a very rich man.