Arno Elias - Giraffe duet (detail), photo via

Arno Elias

France 1977

Photography, Painting

Arno Elias
Arno Elias
June 3, 2016

A multitalented artist, Arno Elias associates his artistic strivings and achieved as the music composer, painter and photographer. Working in a fashion industry side by side with Jean Paul Gaultier and Mario Testino helped him directed his style and creative expression. His sophisticated works show an incredible sense of color and dramatic emotion. He successfully debuted his paintings in 2007, in a solo exhibition at Art Futures Gallery in the artistic Wynwood district of Miami where the audience reacted so well that he continued shows there for several years. In the same year, PBS produced a documentary about his painting career, life and plans for photographic work.

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Arno Elias – Untitled

Biography of the Popular Artist: Musician, Painter and Photographer

Elias was born in Paris in 1977. He is best known for his music production career and compositions of the renewed Buddha Bar Music. Working for the UNICEF campaigns, he recorded the promotive song with Shakira and his music also help protect animals from abuse as a theme for the Brigitte Bardot Foundation. His paintings and photographs were exhibited worldwide and published and reviewed in numerous media. The sum of his artwork was revealed in his The Lost Series, started in 2007. This collection represents his accumulated experience and crystallization of mixed-media techniques.

The Lost Series represents his accumulated experience and crystallization of mixed-media techniques

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Arno Elias – The Warrior

The Lost Series Share Philosophical Questions

Elias’ hand-painted photography was inspired by extensive traveling across the world. It could be understood as the distinctive philosophical disquisitions on culture, history, and humankind that depict artist’s strivings to maintain cultural differences and native values that are usually lost in the massive globalization and industrialization. Exploiting the African continent as the one that remained mostly authentic, he portrayed the faces of Mursi tribe of Ethiopia to jeopardized animals in Kenya through the skillful approach that reveals delicate artificiality.

He portrayed jeopardized animals in Kenya

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Arno Elias – Tembo 7

Exploring the Human Nature Through Listening and Watching

The sense of a fine detail and rich tonality of his artworks makes Elias one of the artists who manage to properly incorporate the personal emotion and transfer it to the viewer. Like creating the melody in his compositions, he apply the paint onto his photographs, making the multiple layers of narratives and connecting himself to his both subjects and audience. With the aim to explore the basic aspect of human experience, nature and culture, the artist searches for frames of pure and native representations. His further plans are based on the idea of traveling the world in a quest for inspiration.

The artist is represented by Markowicz Fine Art Gallery, Miami.

Arno Elias lives and works between New York and Miami.

Featured image: Arno Elias – Giraffe duet (detail)
All images courtesy of Galeries Bartoux

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016UnknownMarkowicz Fine Art Group
2016UnknownART New-YorkGroup
2016Unknown Themes + Project Gallery - San Francisco Group
2016UnknownSBH Gallery - Saint BartGroup
2016Unknown Bartoux GalerieGroup
2015Arno EliasArt MKRT San Francisco International Art Fair Solo
2015UnknownArt Miami Context Group
2015UnknownPop International - NYCGroup
2015Unknown212 Gallery - AspenGroup
2015 UnknownOpera Gallery Dubaï Group
2015 Unknown Art Miami New YorkGroup
2014L.A ART SHOW Modern Book GalleryGroup
2014AAF London Modernbook galleryGroup
2014AAF New YorkModernbook galleryGroup
2014Unknown Pop International NYCGroup
2014Art Mrkt San Francisco Modernbook galleryGroup
2014Art Southampton Markowicz Fine ArtGroup
2014Pop Austin international art showGroup
2014Art silicon valleySan FranciscoGroup
2014Art Toronto International Art FairGroup
2014Arno EliasMarkowicz Fine ArtSolo
2013UnknownMouche Gallery Beverly Hills Group
2013UnknownPOP international New York Group
2013Arno EliasMarkowicz fine art Miami Solo
2013Terry O'Neil and Arno EliasMouche Gallerry Beverly Hills Duo
2013ART MIAMI Modern Book Gallery San FranciscoGroup
2012UnknownMarkowicz fine art Group Miami
2012Arno EliasMouche Gallery, Beverly Hills Solo
2012UnknownPop International soho New YorkGroup
2012POP international Art Basel Miami Group
2011Arno EliasDecorches Fine Art Las Vegas Solo
2011Unknown Keszler Gallery NYC Group
2011ART CHICAGOLichtfeld Gallery BaselGroup
2011Arno EliasBesharat Gallery Atlanta Solo
2011Art MKRT San Francisco Besharat GalleryGroup
2011SCOPE Basel Besharat GalleryGroup
2011Arno Elias Avant Gallery Miami Solo
2011Pictures and Furniture Avant Gallery Group
2010UnknownGalerie Protee Paris Group
2010Arno Elias Avant Gallery Miami Solo
2010UnknownKeszler gallery NYC Group
2010Arno Elias Galerie Protee Paris Solo
2010UnknownSCOPE Miami Group
2010Arno EliasKeszler Gallery NYC Solo
2010ART BASELAvant Gallery Miami Group
2009Sagamore the Museum Hotel Miami Group
2009Arno EliasAvant Gallery MiamiSolo
2009Art For LifeRussell Simmons Foundation Hotel Fontainebleau MiamiGroup
2009Art Basel Art and Design Avant Gallery Miami Group
2008sacred artArt Futures Gallery Wynwood Miami Group
2008Arno EliasAvant Gallery Miami Beach Solo
2007Art Expo Las Vegas Art Futures GalleryGroup
2007Art Futures Gallery Wynwood Miami SoloGroup
2006UnknownArt Futures Gallery Wynwood Miami Group
2003Arno Elias Paris at the Rothschild FoundationSolo