Introducing: Johnny Smith


Johnny Smith, 36, is a digital collagist who merges images of different natures to ultimately result in very true piece despite the dissonant contrast. His collages are a fun and wacky commentary on internet, pornography, even Disney's perfect-princess culture. “Themes of humor, surrealism, sexuality, pop culture, provocation and stupidity exist in my artwork” He explains. “[What I want to provoke is] A smile, a rolling of the eyes, a momentary escape.”


Name Jonathan Smith (although I go by "Johnny" and sometimes I put "The" in the front of it)

Age 36

Birthday 01/19/1980. Now that you know, I expect a gift.

Where were you born? United States of America

Where do you currently live? United States of America

Preferred art medium: Digital Collage. And filmmaking.

Hobby or interest aside from art? Writing plays, seeing films, acting, dancing, stand up comedy, smothering my dog Freeway with kisses and laughing as he gets annoyed by me.

Guilty pleasures? Booze. Popcorn. Sleeping. Watching Gilmore Girls while I clean my apartment or while doing anything. Makes me feel more clever through osmosis.


Who are some of your favorite artists? Hannah Hoch, Woody Allen, Robert Altman.

Favorite movie? Tie: Shorts Cuts, Ed Wood, Husbands and Wives

Favorite book? I'm current reading "Fates & Furies" by Lauren Groff. So far so good!

Favorite song/album/band/musician? Way too many to have a favorite. Lately I've been listening to Brian Eno and Com Truise. "Doot Doot" by Freur has the most plays in my itunes, so maybe that's my favorite song?

What are 3 things you want to achieve? A wikipedia entry, a verified blue check mark by my name on Instagram and to turn the age of 121 years.

What is something you deeply love about yourself? I hate drama and love to laugh and usually am able to find people who feel the same way. I have tremendously great, funny friends. Also I'm pretty adaptable and can be around most types of people.


How has Instagram worked for you as an artist? Instagram is fantastic! I have been able to grow as an artist and share my work with people in countries that I may ever be able to visit in this lifetime. I've met heroes, made new ones and found inspiration all from scrolling through the app.

Briefly describe the circumstances under which you grew up? I grew up in Houston Texas. My birth mother died when I was 1 1/2 years old and then my step mother died when I was 20 years old. Both from cancer. My hypochondria stems from this I believe.

“I think having two mothers pass away from cancer in my youth pushed me into trying to create art that brings levity and laughter to this scary experience known as "life"