Selftaught as a sculptor, Anton Smit was awarded the first prize in the New Signatures Competition( 1979) of the SA Association of Arts. Following successful exhibitions in Nelspruit, White River, Cape Town and Pretoria, Smit turned to sculpting full-time to cope with the demand for his work by galleries and private collectors. Smit has works permanently on display at the Pretoria and Pietersburg Art museums and major art galleries across the country.
From 1990 international recognition came in the form of exhibitions in Rome and Milan, an invitation to exhibit in New York and Hong Kong as well as a return exhibition in Italy in 1993. More exhibitions have followed in Bonn, Washington, Singapore, Koln and Amsterdam.