Albert Alexander Smith was born in New York City in the year 1896. Albert Smith was the first African American artist to attend the National Academy of Design. Smith was an illustrator for magazines and his work focused on social injustice. Some examples would be people of color heading to the North after seeing a lynching.
Smith was a prolific printmaker and enjoyed etching. Smith worked for a magazine titled “Crisis” which helped promote the NAACP.
Albert Smith served in the Army during World War One.
Smith was also an entertainer and jazz musician. Smith spent time on stage singing whilst in Paris. He lived in Paris for nearly two decades of his life.
The artist found great success in Paris, France. There he was just seen as a great artist rather than a person of color.
Albert Alexander Smith passed away in 1940.
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