Werner was born in South Africa in 1972.

From a young age, he showed a talent and interest in the visual arts. After school, he decided to pursue his passion for the African Bush and went on to study Nature Conservation.


Werner worked as a Game Ranger and later as Lodge manager in some of the wildest destinations in Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa for almost two decades. A lot of his inspiration came from the people he met in these remote destinations. 

It was only in 2015 that Werner, on the advice of a friend, tried painting for the first time. This changed his life forever and in 2016 he made painting his profession.

Werner has focused on presenting his work online rather than focusing on brick and mortar gallery exhibitions. His work can be seen on several of the most prominent online galleries such as Saatchi Art, although most of his sales happen due to his own marketing efforts and social media presence.

Most recently (March 2018), he made it to the finals of the ArtBox Projects 1.0 show in New York with his work entitled, Kirby.


Werner currently resides in the small village of Greyton with his wife Chantelle and two sons.

Copyright Werner Smith 2018