United States (b. 1986)
Cambel Smith was born on December 4th, 1986 in Altus Oklahoma. Although born with a C, Kambel likes to use a K in reference to his artist self. He was six years old when his family relocated to the Philadelphia area. The beginning years of Kambel's life were filled with hardship and trauma.
At an early age it became clear that Kambel was not developing in a "normal" fashion and at the age of eight was diagnosed with Autism. Although Kambel was verbal, his words were laced with profanity and anger.
At the age of 15, Kambel was given pencils and and an easel by a family member. He quickly grew out of his colored pencils and began oil painting shortly thereafter. Kambel began experimenting with model making when his family could not afford canvas for his oils. He found the challenge of creating his three-dimensional models of architecture a natural progression from painting.