This two-faced goddess by South African artist Lionel Smit, was installed at Union Square in Manhattan New York. Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1982. He creates monumental portraiture works on canvas, sculpture, silkscreen, video and public installations. Smit’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrischsen Art Museum, Helsinki and various public sculptures of his being featured in the USA including Union Square, New York City.
Smit’s painting, Kholiswa, received the Viewer’s Choice Award as part of the BP Portrait Award 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has been a featured artist at the Miami Art Fair 2014 and on the cover of Christie’s catalogue in London 2009.
We all know that art is a huge part of the culture in New York City, and it's everywhere you look. Between the beautiful and intricate murals lining the streets of Brooklyn to the dozens of world-renowned art collections in museums across the city, there's no denying that NYC is a major epicenter of the art world.
Sculpture is another extremely prominent form of art in the city.
They can be seen in parks and neighborhoods all across the five boroughs, representing historical milestones or bringing cultural awareness.