Phil Demise Smith was born in 1947 in Bronx, New York. He earned a BA degree in creative writing from Queens College (City University of New York) in 1970 and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Bowling Green State University in 1974. He studied poetry with William Packard, Howard McCord, Tom Raworth, Ray DiPalma, Anselm Hollo and Toby Olson. He’s had numerous books of poetry published including What I Don’t Know for Sure (Burning Deck), Periods, selected writings 1972-1987 (gegenschein) and most recently The History of Prediction with artist Gérard Sendrey. He began painting in 1987 in his own primitive expressionistic style that has its aesthetic roots (routes) in the works of the German Expressionists, Kandinsky, Dubuffet, the CoBrA group and Outsider/Art Brut artists. He has had numerous one person and group shows in the U.S. and Europe including a 2012 show at the Musée Création Franche in Bégles France. He is director of A Gallery @ Wares For Art and represents numerous outsider and self-taught artists from the U.S. and Europe. Since 1975 he has written and recorded over 200 songs with new wave bands NoYes, N.DoDo, Didus and the Fabulous Mascarenes, The Young Phogies, Art of the Middle Ages and anDna.