Very smart people with a high level of intelligence(s) definitely within the concept of multiple intelligence theory of Howard Gardner. Definitely high in Visual-Linguistic, Logial-mathematical, and intrapersonal. Maybe Musical-rhythmic and harmonic and questionable regarding Existential.
The different (abilities) Intelligences
Musical–rhythmic and harmonic
The purist, IMHO, is an artist. They do 'hacking' with the same dedication and fortitude as does the sculptor, the painter, and even the writer. Understanding aesthetics would offer maybe appreciation and assuredly motive. For instance with meaning;
Artist as an adjective - concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty
Artist as a noun - a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.
One may appreciate the artist as an adjective describing a person's being while at question is an artist as a noun being a type of person with consequences as pointed out by KenDeanAgudo relating to Black and White Hat Hackers.
It is a matter of perspective objectively and perceptions subjectively.