Devon Smith better known as Vonnie Quest or Vonnie (b. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1991) is an Interdisciplinary Documentary Artist, whose work considers the various ways that ingenuity manifest in everyday life.Working in various material and mediums, Quest situates his work within the sphere of collage, documentary, and experimental cinema practices. Influenced by Family history, Surrealism, and Hip Hop, he makes things that site the methods of these disciplines while building community and offering a transformative experiences for his audience. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Interdisciplinary Art studies. His films have been featured in group exhibitions and film festivals both nationally and internationally. He has shown work at the Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee Short Film Festival, Gallery 400 in Chicago, IL, Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC, The Unseen Festival in Denver, Colorado, Kennilworth Square East Studios in Milwaukee, WI, Var Gallery and Studios in Milwaukee, WI, The Annual Heritage Film Festival in Baltimore Maryland, and The National Museum of African American History in Washington D.C.
He is currently working on an interdisciplinary art project and documentary about the life and death of his maternal grandmother, Mae Ethel Turner. When he is not making work, he is spending time with his wife and two children in Durham, North Carolina. In his spare time he travels and visits local thrift, record, and book stores.