Bob & Roberta Smith


(B.  1963; London, UK)

Elected RA: 11 December 2013. 


Bob and Roberta Smith is the pseudonym of the artist Patrick Brill. 

Originally trained as a  sign painter in New York, his works use text in bold slogan form to challenge societal norms.


His curatorial projects such as Art U Need: An Outdoor Revolution, have transformed public spaces as seen in the Thames Gateway (2005-2006), and Peace Camp at The Brick Lane Gallery (2006).


He founded the Arts’ Party Conference 2013, a forum for artists and organisations to debate the role of art and design in schools.


In 2009, he was appointed as a Tate Trustee and he is currently Associate Professor at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.