ADRIANUS WILHELMUS SMIT, better known as Arie Smit, was born in 1916 in Zaandam, Holland. He studied graphic design at the Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. Smit first visited Bali in 1956, and after two months he decided to make this island his permanent home. Smit received the Dharma Kusuma award in1992 from the government of Bali. The Arie Smit Pavilion was opened at the Neka Art Museum in 1994 to display his works and those of contemporary Balinese artists. His vibrant paintings focus on the people and places of Bali with his own special "broken colors" technique to show the beauty and deeper rhythms of life.
Museum Bali (Denpasar, Bali)
Penang Museum (Malaysia)
Center for strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, 1990, 1996)
Neka Art Museum (Ubud, Bali, 1992, 1994-1995)
Singapore Art Museum (1994)
Indonesia - Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997)
East West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii, 1998)