Born 1962 – United States
Chris ‘Daze’ Ellis began his prolific career painting New York City subway cars in 1976 while attending The High School of Art and Design. Ellis remains one of the few artists of his generation to make the successful transition from the subways to the studio.
His first group show was the seminal “Beyond Words” at the Mudd Club in 1981. Soon after his first solo exhibition was held at Fashion Moda, an influential alternative art space in the South Bronx. One year later the Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany acquired the first of several paintings for their permanent collection.
Since then Ellis has exhibited in Paris, Monte Carlo, Singapore, Beijing, Florence, and Buenos Aires. Ellis’ work has continued to be included in many group shows and museum surveys internationally. Daze’s paintings have found themselves in many private collections including Eric Clapton, Natalie Imbruglia and Madonna. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, NY, Museum of Modern Art, NY.