Rod Smith (Galuyagmi)

Country/Region: Northwest Coast

Tribe: Kwakwaka'wakw

Village: Qualicum Beach

Rod Smith (Galuyagmi 'Great First Birth') apprenticed with his father (Lalkawilas). He works in yellow and red cedar as well as basswood, arbutus, and maple. Rod is best known for his precise and elegant painting style. His works include sculptures, masks, poles, original paintings, bowls and bentwood boxes. In 2002, Rod completed an eight-foot pole in collaboration with his father and brother, Steve Smith. In 2005 Rod was featured in the Changing Hands: Art Without Reservations 2 exhibition that opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Rod was born in Vancouver, Canada and currently resides in Qualicum Beach BC.

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