Bart Smeets, better known in art world as Smates, is a Belgian street artist who was born 1978 in Asse (close to Brussels). He studied graphic design at Sint-Lukas Brussels and graduated as a graphic designer. Bart has always been a fan of realistic drawings and paintings so after graduating he followed painting classes for about 2 years and that helped him a lot to become artist he is today.
At the age of 17-18 Smates started with graffiti and has painted till he was about 22. According to Bart, he stopped with graffiti for no special reason, and started again in july 2009. A couple of years ago he started part-time as a graffiti artist and since september 2013 he is a full time street artist.
Bart Smeets currently lives in Mechelen, Belgium.
|2014||Day One Festival||Antwerp||Group|
|2014||Expo STRUCTURE||Soignies, Belgium||Group|
|2013||Nassau 42 Fine Arts Exhibition||Antwerp, Belgium||Group|
|2013||Exhi-B||Jeux D' Hiver, Brussels||Group|
|2012||Hans Geyens and Bart Smates 2012||Belgium||Duo|
|2011||ART FESTIVAL Ithaka||Ithaka, Leuven, Belgium||Group|
|2011||Escape 2 art||CC Den Blank, Overijse, Belgium||Group|
|2011||KUNST in de Troost||Trooststraat, Vilvoorde, Belgium||Group|