MEET THE CREATIVE: DEREK “FOCUS” SMITH

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Graffiti artist and About The Life, Inc. Co-Founder, Derek “Focus” Smith, has combined his culture and his love of art to make a difference where it matters. One of his most recent works is a 20-foot-by-20-foot mural in Art Alley in honor of the children who were recently discovered in unmarked graves near the Sioux San Hospital land (formerly the Rapid City Indian Boarding School). Focus also has had works in the Dahl Arts Center, at different events, and in Pine Ridge, among other places. 605 chatted with the artist to see more of what’s behind the spray can.

SOME PEOPLE MAY KNOW MY WORK FROM……murals I’ve painted in Pine Ridge while working with local students to promote their cultural awareness, as well as from “WhereThe Wild Things Are,” South Dakota’s first ever graffiti exhibit [at the Dahl].

I WAS DRAWN TO MURALS WHEN…I would see the graffiti murals in bigger cities. Figuring out how I could do that became magnetic, a gravitational force…

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