Painter born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, he attended Luton Art School, 1948-50, St. Alban's School of Art, 1952-54 and then 1954-57 at the Royal College of Art. Charles Richard Smith as he was born spent two years having won the Harkness Fellowship, working in New York from 1959 and on his return to London, joined the staff of St. Martin's School of Art. He returned from the United States in 1963 and was for a time Artist in Residence at the University of Virginia. In 1967, he won the Grand Prix at the São Paulo Biennial and in 1970 was chosen to represent his country at the Venice Biennale. He has held one-person exhibitions at Kasmin Gallery and at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Tate Gallery staged a retrospective in 1975. He has also shown his work at the RBA, the Arnolfini, Bristol, the Guggenheim Museum, New York and he was given a retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1975. He is represented in the collections of the Tate Gallery, ACGB, CAS, University of Warwick Art Collection and in NMNI and Bristol Art Gallery and in others around the world. Smith is currently living and working in New York and Aspen, Colorado, USA and has also exhibited at the prestigious Knoedler Gallery in New York. In 1971 he was awarded a CBE.