Liz Smith was born in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from the Painting Department of the Kansas City Art Institute and received a MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Liz spent a number of years in Wisconsin before moving to Los Angeles, CA. She lived and worked at the Santa Fe Artist Colony and co-founded FakeSpace LA, an alternative artist space. In 2010, Liz relocated to Kansas City, MO.

Liz currently teaches at Avila University and the Kansas City Art Institute, School for Continuing and Professional Studies. Liz has a studio in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, and continues to exhibit her work.