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Chris "Daze" Ellis, 2019
Photo by Kyle Dorosz

Chris "Daze" Ellis, 2019
Photo by Kyle Dorosz

Born in 1962 in New York City, Chris "Daze" Ellis began his prolific career as part of the second generation of graffiti writers, painting New York City subway cars in 1976 while attending The High School of Art and Design. Inspired at an early age by writers such as Blade, Lee Quinones, and PHASE 2, Daze gained notoriety as a teenager in the late 70s and early 80s and remains one of the few artists of his generation to make the successful transition from subways to the studio. Daze's first group show was the seminal Beyond Words at the Mudd Club in 1981 which featured works by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Soon after, his first solo exhibition was held at Fashion Moda, an influential alternative art space in the South Bronx. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at the Palais Liechtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria; Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France; Galleria del Palazzo, Florence, Italy; Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore; The Museum of the City of New York, New York; and P·P·O·W, New York. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of the City of New York; The Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, Germany; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and The Addison Gallery of American Art at the Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; among others.

CHRIS “DAZE” ELLIS 

b. 1962, New York, NY 
Lives and works in New York, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2021    
Give It All You Got, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2020       
Next Wave, Institut Catholique de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
Chris Daze Ellis – 40 Ans de Creation, 80s and 90s work, Ghost Galerie, Marseille, France
Recent Works, Chateau de Forbin, Marseille (Provence), France

2019    
The Journey, Woodbury House, London, United Kingdom
Seasons, Galleria del Palazzo, Florence, Italy
New York Perspectives, Joe Conzo/Chris DAZE Ellis, curated by Mode2, Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany

2018       
Daily Commute, P·P·O·W, New York, NY 
Grey Scale Paintings, Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion at Columbia University, New York, NY
Portals, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France 

2017       
Small Paintings, Galerie Drugier-Rigail, Paris, France  

2016    
Now and Later, Avant Garden Gallery, Milan, Italy 
Days of Daze, Art Dynasty Gallery, Forte dei Marmi, Italy 
Soundtrack, UV Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina 
The Asphalt Jungle, Childs Gallery, Boston, MA 

2015       
The City is My Muse, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY 
New Works, Galleria del Palazzo, Florence, Italy 

2014       
Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection, Addison Gallery of American Art at the Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 
Indigo Dreams, TT Underground Gallery, New York, NY 

2012    
Chris DAZE Ellis, New Prints and Editions, Emperial Gallery @Camaradas El Barrio, New York, NY   

2011    
The Grey Scale, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2010    
Daze in Singapore, Fortune Cookie Projects, Singapore 
Daze, The Palazzo Casali, Tuscan Sun Festival, Cortona, Italy 
Daze Solo Exhibition, Watergate Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 
Daze, Chang Art Gallery, Beijing, China 

2009    
While the City Sleeps, Reflections from the 3rd Rail, Gallery Speerstra, Geneva, Switzerland 
Daze/Crash, Adhoc Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
Fat Caps and Burnt Racks, Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO 
I’m so hot!, Galerie Helenbeck, Nice, France 

2008    
Daze, Galleria del Palazzo/Italian Group Florence, Italy 
Daze South Bronx to Naples, Entropy Art in Progress, Naples, Italy 

2006       
The Climate Paintings, Galleria del Palazzo, Florence, Italy 
The Climate Paintings, My Own Gallery, Milan, Italy 
The Climate Paintings, Galleria Del Pallazzo, Pietrasanta, Italy
New Paintings, Midoma, New York, NY 

2005       
Mulheres Perfecto, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France 
Paint Away the Pain w/Mode2,1300 Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

2004    
Nudes, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France 

2003    
Elevation, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France 
Daze/Sharp, Diner Bar, New York, NY 
Daze, Prosper Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

2002    
The Agenda Paintings, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France 
The Sketchbook Paintings, Eastwicke Gallery, Chicago, IL 
Portraits, Steven Vail Gallery, Des Moines, IA

2001    
Daze & the Kids from the Urban Art Project, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland 
Works on Paper, Prosper Gallery, New York, NY 
Elevated Stations and Interiors, Modern Culture at the Gershwin, New York, NY 

2000    
DAZE, Atelier Laderhof, Stockholm, Sweden 
The Agenda Paintings and Monochromes, Eastwick Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1999    
WORKS ON PAPER, 1990-99, Masterpiece Gallery, Birmingham, MI 
DAZE, CRASH, ON THE EXPRESS TRAIN, Palais du Lichtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria; traveled to: Grossmarkethallen, Munchen, Munich, Germany 
DAZE, CRASH, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, Musee D'Art Moderne et Art Contemporain, Nice, France 

1998    
THE CONEY ISLAND PAINTINGS, Gallerie Four, Basel, Switzerland 
DAZE/CRASH, Recent Works, Pallazzo Enrico Coveri, Florence, Italy 
DAZE, Ideya, New York, NY 
Urban Messages, Masterpiece Gallery, Birmingham, MI 

1996    
DAZE/DZINE, Summit Street Gallery, Iowa City, IA

1994       
DAZE & CRASH, York University Gallery, York College, New York, NY 
DAZE & CRASH, Club U.S.A., New York, NY 

1993    
DAZE®, Galerie de la Cathedrale, Nice, France 
DAZE WORLD, The Time is Always Now Gallery, Hong Kong  
Decade of Drawings, Gallery Michel Gillet, Paris, France 
Decade of Drawings, Gallery B5, Nauen-Lietzow, Germany

1990    
Daze & Crash, Black and White in Color Gallery, Bronx, NY 
Daze & Crash, Gallery Structures, Montpellier, France 
Daze, Gallery Michel Gillet, Paris, France 

1989    
Daze, Museum of American Graffiti, New York, NY 
Daze, Gallery B5, Monte Carlo 

1987    
New Paintings, Alexander Woods Gallery, New York, NY 

1986    
Crowd Control, Nada Gallery, New York, NY 
Daze, Pene du Bois Gallery, New York, NY 

1985    
DAZE, Eastman-Wahmendorf Gallery, New York, NY 

1984    
CRASH & DAZE, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY 

1983    
Daze, Pitekin Thropus Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

1982    
Daze, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY 
Daze Fashion MODA, Bronx, NY 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2021    
New York East Village Artists’, KwanHoon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Go Figure, curated by Todd James, Over the Influence, Hong Kong

2020       
The Studio of the Street, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong  
The Bronx Does It Better, Wallworks, Bronx, NY
#selected 6, Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Switzerland
Writers: From Subways to Streets, Arena Studio D’Arte, Verona, Italy
Goldman Global Arts at Wynwood Walls, Miami, FL

2019    
The Element of Style: The 80’s Graffiti & Hip-Hop Scenes of New York, Seoul Sup Art Center, Page Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 
Beyond the Streets, 25 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY 

2017       
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT 
From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art, curated by Marc Leader and Melissa McCaig Welles, Arts Westchester, White Plains, NY 

2016       
Off the Wall, World Trade Gallery, New York, NY 
Glamorous Graffiti, Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island, NY 
Street Art, Banksy & Co, Palazzo Peopli, Museo della Storia si Bologna, Bologna, Italy 
Daze & Tats Cru, Jardin Rouge, Marrakech, Morocco 
Group Show, 212 Gallery, New York, NY 
The Originals, The Sanctuary, Goldman Global Arts, Miami, FL 
Magic City, Curated by Carlo McCormick and Ethel Seno, Dresden, Germany 
Pigments Vertigo, Daze/Crash/Pro176, Galerie Cox, Bordeaux, France 

2015       
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, Curated by Robin Jaffee Frank, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY 
Impact, 1975 Gallery, Rochester, NY 
Fashion Moda, 35 Years Later, Wall Works, Bronx, NY 
All Types of Characters, Josh Liner Gallery, New York, NY 
Here Lies, 1975 Gallery, Rochester, NY 
New York Meets the Dam, The Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Sideshow, Curated by Lisa Kereszi, The Edgewood Gallery at Yale University of Art, New Haven, CT 
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, Curated by Robin Jaffee Frank, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT 

2014       
Depth of Substance, Succulent Studios, Brooklyn, NY 
Succulent, Succulent Studios, Brooklyn, NY 
Point.Focus.Click, Wall Work, Bronx, NY 
First Taste, Wall Work, Bronx, NY 
Loisada: New York’s Lower East Side in the 80’s, Addison Gallery of American Art at the Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 
From Blade and Daze to Lee and Rammellzee: American Graffiti, Museum de Wieger, Deurne, The Netherlands 
Black Book Masters, Dirtypilot.com 
City as Canvas, New York City Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY 

2013    
2nd Bienal Internacional Graffiti Fine Art, MUBE, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Group Show, Galeria Matilha, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Graffiti: In the Beginning, Space Junk Art Center, Bayonne, France 
Write of Passage, Red Bull Space, New York, NY 
Graffiti Mash Up, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA 

2012    
This Side of Paradise, curated by Empty No More, Andrew Freeman House, Bronx, NY 
The Boneyard Project, Return Trip, Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ 

2011    
Paper Trail, curated by Daze, Shadow Space Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
Songs, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY 
Hall of Fame, Speerstra Gallery, Switzerland 
Art from the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA 
Martha Cooper: Remix, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
Art, Access and Decay: NY 1875-1983, curated by Lisa Kahane and Peter Frank, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA 
Dear Japan, We Love You, Benefit at Open House Gallery, New York, NY 
Group Show, Alba Art Gallery, Bologna, Italy 
Graff City, Opera Gallery, Paris, France 
Melange of Street Art, Helenbeck Gallery, Nice, France 
Graffiti Art, 40 Years of Expressionism, Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo 
Paths of Rhythm, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY  
Abstractions, Opera Gallery, New York, NY 
Graff in the City, Opera Gallery, Paris, France 

2010    
Draw, Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico 
Public Consumption, The Puffin Room, New York, NY  
Down By Law, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY 

2009    
Draw, White Walls, San Francisco, CA 
Martin Wong’s Downtown Crossings, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York, NY 
Le Tag au Grand Palais, Grand Palais, Paris, France 
Then and Now: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Center Show, Gay and Lesbian Community Center, New York, NY 
Group Show, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Coming from the Street, Foundation Cartier, Paris, France 
Whole in the Wall, Helenbeck Gallery/Splashlight Studios, New York, NY 

2008    
Group Show, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland 
Group Show, Bernaducci Gallery/Meisel Gallery, New York, NY  
Draw, Stolen Space, London, United Kingdom 

2007    
Fabulous Disordens, Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
70’s Show, Powerhouse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
Charity by Numbers, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
Ballpoint Pen Drawing Show, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
Joyride, 33 West 17th Street, New York, NY 
Joyride, Collette Store, Paris, France 
Group Show, Galleria del Palazzo, Florence, Italy 
Group Show, ReCoat Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland 
Graffiti Stories, Musee Paul Valery, Sète, France 
Graffiti Stories, Musee International Des Arts Modeste, Sète, France 
Visual Slang, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY 
Draw, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX 
Group Show, EU Gallery, Miami, FL 

2006    
Graffiti, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY 
New York’s Own, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY 
Banned From Television 7, Canal Chapter, New York, NY 
Draw, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY 

2005    
Installation Scion Art Tour, Cassius King Gallery, San Diego, CA traveled to McCaig-Welles Gallery, New York, NY 
The New York Yankees and the American Dream, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL 
Group Show, Modern Culture, New York, NY 
Writers vs. Riders, Upper Playground, New York, NY 
ABC no Rio Benefit Auction, Deitch Gallery, New York, NY 
The Munny Show, Drive by Studios, New York, NY 
Group Show, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY 

2004    
Group Show, Prosper Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 
Tag the System, The Showroom, New York, NY 
War and Peace, Woodstock Gallery of Art, Woodstock, NY 
The Subway Series, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY 
East Village ASU, B-side Gallery, New York, NY 
East Village USA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY 
Kosmopolite, Taxie Gallery, Paris, France 

2003    
Graffiti in Print, Prosper Gallery, New York, NY 
Daze, Done, Crash, Midoma Gallery, New York, NY 
On Line, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY 
Howl! Opening Night Artists Ball, Angel Orensanz Center, New York, NY
Group Show, Gallery Speerstra, Paris, France 

2002    
The New York Armory Show, Modern Culture, New York, NY 

2001    
This is the Modern World, Modern Culture, New York 
Crash, Daze, Sharp, New Paintings, Pace University Gallery, New York, NY
Safe Harbors - Auction to Benefit the Point Community Development Corp., Pacifico Fine Arts, NY 
Aerosol Art, No Name Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 
I Love New York Benefit for the World Trade Center, Modern Culture New York, NY 
The Armory Show 2001, Pier 90, New York, NY 
2000 Zurich Art Fair, Projects United, Zurich, Switzerland 
Group show, AZ NY Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 
Toronto International Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Fine Arts, Toronto, Canada
Art Miami, Andrew Edlin Fine Arts, Miami, FL 
Tectonic, La Panaderia, Mexico City, Mexico 
Landscapes, Schloss Brunegg, Projects United, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland 
Milano Contemporary Art Fair, Projects United, Milan, Italy 
Summer Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY 
The Base and the Beautiful, Andrew Edlin Fine Arts, Hoboken, NJ 
Frederick Wiesman Collection, Pepperdine University Museum, Malibu, CA 
Coming from the Underground, Steven Vail Gallery, Des Moines, IA 
Graffiti at Guernsey's, Puck Building, New York, NY 
Gallery Blu, Pontiac, MI 
NYCENTURY, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY 
In the City, Modern Culture, New York, NY 

1999    
NY2K, El Bohio, New York, NY 
Cadaver Dog, Life Cafe, New York, NY 
Urban Mythologies, The Bronx Represented since the 1960's, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY 
Inaugural Exhibition, Andrew Edlin Fine Arts, Hoboken, NJ  
The New York Century: World Capital, Hometown, 1900-2000, Museum of the City of New York, NY 
HAKS was here: A selection from the permanent collection of The Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands 
Metalurgy, The Learnung Tree, New York, NY 
Y2K, IO Gallery, Bronx, NY 
Pittura Dura, Fundaciona Bricherasio, Torino, Italy 

1998    
New York Graffiti Art: Coming from the Subways, the collection of Henk and Leonie Pijnenburg, Museum Der Stadt, Rattingen, Germany 
Urban Encounters, Bullit Space, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY 
Album: 30 Years at the Lower East Side Printshop, West Chelsea Arts Building, New York, NY 
Eighth Annual Comic Arts Show, Max Fish, New York, NY 
American Graffiti, Museo De Arte Contemporanea Do Parana Seec Curitiba, Fundacao Clovis Salgado, Palacio Das Artes, Associacao Patronas Do Palacio Das Artes, Museu De Arte Moderna Mam Bahia, Museu De Arte Moderna Rio De Janeiro, Instituto Cultural Itau, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Inner City Tendencies, L'Casa D'Arte, Milan, Italy 
The Web Gallery, New York, NY 
Global Housewarming, First Floor Gallerie, Melbourne, Australia 

1997    
Genuine Enamel, Around the Coyote, Chicago, IL              
New York Tendencies, Zurich Art Fair, Zurich, Switzerland 
Works on Paper, Avanti Gallery, New York, NY 
Cyberart comes to Tribeca, Web Gallery, New York, NY 
American Graffiti, Selections from the Ludwig Museum, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy 

1996    
Bronx Salon-Longwood Arts Center, Bronx, NY 
New York Graffiti, In Confrontatie, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
The Usual Suspects, Avanti Gallery, New York City, NY 
One, Rush Foundation Art Gallery, New York City, NY 
Whatever Happened to Pop Art?, Gallery Stendhal, New York City, NY
Round Up, Livestock Gallery, New York City, NY
Group Show, Mary Anthony Gallery, New York City, NY 
15 Years Above Ground, Tamara Bane Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Fashion Moda, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY 
Creativity on the Road, Museo Palazzo Rocca, Chiavari, Rapallo 
Museo D, Arte Moderna, Gallarate, Italy 

1995    
Drawn on the Museum, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT 
Creativity on the Road, Museo Palazzo Rocca, Chiavari, Rapallo 
Museo D, Arte Moderna, Gallarate, Italy 
Smells Like Vinyl, Roger Merians Gallery, New York, NY 
15 Years Above Ground, C-World, New York, NY 
Space, Time, Light, New York, NY 
Xmas Show, Mary Anthony Gallery, New York, NY 
Doggystyle, 543 East 6th Street, New York, NY 
Longwood Arts Project Silent Auction, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY  

1994    
Artists Select, Artists Space, New York, NY
Multiple Flavors, Space, Time, Light Gallery, New York, NY 
Urban Expressionism, Hudson Guild Art Gallery, New York, NY 
Aerosoul, Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ 
Influential Works of the 90s, Hobbs Gallery, Boston, MA
Elvis + Marilyn = 2X Immortal, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; The San Jose Museum of Art; San Jose, CA; The Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI 

1993    
Reconquista: Reclaiming the Tainos, Longwood Arts Center, Bronx, NY 
Eight Urban Artists from New York, Galerie Gleditsch 45, Berlin, Germany 
Spray Enamelism, Tunnel Club, New York, NY 
Art Against the Wall, Space, Time, Light Gallery, New York, NY 
Art 101, The Time Is Always Now, New York, NY 
Urban Analysis, Barbara Braathen Gallery, New York, NY
Coming Out of the Can, Space, Time, Light Gallery, New York, NY 

1992    
Diffa AIDS Benefit, Industry Nite Club, Detroit, Michigan 
Malcolm X, Portrait of a Legacy, Aaron Davis Hall at City College, New York, NY 
Graffiti III, Colleen Greco Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Salon, Herron Test Site, Brooklyn, New York, NY  
Group Show, Celebrity Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Graffiti, Klarfeld Perry Gallery, New York, NY
The Legacy, Rempire Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, Barbara Braathen Gallery, New York, NY 
Coming From the Subway, New York Graffiti, Groningen Museum, Groningen, Holland 

1991
Hip Hop Nation, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 
Post Graffiti, Fine Art, Federal Reserve Building, Washington D.C. 
Ens ist Deas Leben, Federal Reserve Building, Washington D.C. 
Group Show, Michel Gillet Gallery, Paris, France 
Paris Tonkar, Rue Chapon, Paris, France 
Graffiti Art, Artistes Americains Et Francais, Paris, France 

1990       
Artists Against Racial Prejudice, Clock Tower Gallery, New York, NY
Expressive Drawings, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Pop in the 90s, Paul Sorota Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Art Jonction International, Nice, France 
Black & White in color gallery, Bronx, NY 

1989    
Art for The Ego, B2, New York, NY
The Love of Print Making, Goddard Riverside Community Center, New York, NY 
The Center Show Gay and Lesbian Community Center, New York, NY 
Dealers Choice Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, FL 
At The Wall, Nassavischer Kunstverien, Wiesbaden - travelled to Heidelberger Kunstervine, Gemeentemuseum, Helmond, The Netherlands 
Selections From Permanent Collection, Museum of American Graffiti, New York, NY 
Collection Norman Dubrow, Groningen Museum, The Netherlands 

1988    
New York Observed, Frank Bernidduci Gallery, New York, NY 
Art of the 80’s, Saatchi & Saatchi Building, New York, NY 
Art of the 90’s, Dilaurenti Gallery, New York, NY 
Tamara Bane Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
Bronx Celebrates People & Places Lehman College, Bronx, NY 
Black & White in Color, Bronx, NY 
New, Used and Improved, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 
Immoral & Illegal, Tunnel, New York, NY 
2042 Art at the Speed of Light, Limelight, New York, NY 
Sammlung Thomas, Munich, Germany 
Group Show, Nite Gallery, New York, NY 
The Best of the East Village, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY 

1987    
Melee, Franklin Furnace, Brooklyn, NY 
MARC BRASZ w/CRASH & DAZE, Bronx Museum, NY 
Expressions African Fashion MODA, Bronx, NY 

1986    
Benefit for the Poetry Project, St. Marks Church, New York, NY 
Strange Brew, Chronocide Gallery, New York, NY 
Fashion MODA Benefit Art Sale, et Industrie, New York NY 
Masterworks of the Eighties, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 
Illuminations, the Art of Our Future, Art et Industrie & Arts Dolores Neumann, New York, NY 
Graffiti Art for the Collector, Gallery Int l 52, New York, NY 
Six Giants (Collaborative Works) Fashion MODA, Bronx, NY 
Fine & Functional Art, Art et Industrie, New York, NY 
The 14, Eastman-Wahmendor, New York, NY 

1985    
Fredrick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Zeitgenosisische Kunst, Raimund Thomas Gallery, Munich, Germany
Anniottanta, Galeria Communale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Aesthetic Awareness, Eastman-Wahmendorf Gallery, New York, NY 
The South Bronx Art Show, Fashion MODA, Bronx, NY 
Summer Drawing Show, Semaphore EAST, New York NY 
Democracy at Work, 22 Wooster St., New York, NY 
The Emancipated Letter - Four Strategies, Studio Carrieri, Martina Franka, Italy 
Coast to Coast, Gallery One, Fort Worth, TX 
ARCO 85, Sidney Janis Presents Graffiti, Madrid, Spain

1984    
Of the Street, University of Colorado, Boulder, traveled to Aspen Contemporary Art Center, Aspen Language, Concept, Art, Studio Carrieri, Martina Franka, Italy 
Double Vision Urban Landscapes, Semaphore EAST, New York, NY 
Szene New York 1984, Art Cologne, 19th Int, l Art Fair, Cologne, Germany 
Graffiti, Mark Twain South County Bank, St. Louis, MO
Graffiti, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Aspekte Amerikanischer Kunst der Gegenwart, Neue Galerie, Ludwig Collection, Aacvhen – traveled to Nordjylands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg; Henie-Onstad Art Center, Hobikodden; Mitterirheinisches Landesmuseum, Mainz, Stadtische Galeries-Schloss Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany
Graffiti/High Artists & Classical Artists, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany
BO-NY-TO!, Galleria Pellegrino, Bologna, Italy
Chill Out New York - Summer 1984 Kenkeleba House, NY 
Art 15 '84, Basel Art Fair, Sidney Janis presents Graffiti, Switzerland 
Art Attack, Kamikaze, NY 
Graffiti, Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
New Portrait, P.S. 1, Institute for Art & Urban Resources, Long Island City, NY 
Arte de Frontiera - NY Graffiti, Galerie d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

1983    
Post-Graffiti, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY 
Newcastle Salutes New York, Newcastle, United Kingdom 
Graffiti Thanks a Lot, FUN Gallery, New York, NY 
The FUN Gallery Presents, Gallery 121, Antwerp, Belgium
Graffiti Magic, MJS International Gallery, Fort Worth, TX 
HALLWALLS, Buffalo, NY 

1982       
New York Graffiti Show, Stewart Neill Gallery, New York, NY 
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Collaborative Arts Show, Chicago, IL (travelled)
South Bronx Art Show, Fashion MODA, Bronx, NY 

1981    
Beyond Words, Mudd Club, New York, NY 
South Bronx Art Show, Fashion MODA, Bronx, NY 

AWARDS & GRANTS  

2016    
Artist in Residency at Jardin Rouge, Marrakech, Morocco 
Artist in Residency at UV Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

2015    
Yale University Art Gallery Artist in Residence, New Haven, CT 
Villa Lena Artist in Residence, Toiano, Italy 

2014    
Edward E. Elson Artist in Residence Program, Addison Gallery of American Art at the Phillip Academy, Andover, MA 
Fountain Head Residency, Miami, FL 

2011    
Recipient of smART power grant, US Department of State, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

PUBLIC WORKS 

2016    
Mural for Coney Island Art Walls, Curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Stitt, Brooklyn, NY 
Cycloptic Merman, Community mural with Thrive Collective, Brooklyn, NY 
Mural with Crash for Welling Court Mural Project, Long Island City, NY 
Mural with Tats Cru and Crash for Bushwick Collective, Brooklyn, NY 
Mural with Thrive Collective for P.S./M.S. 042 Robert Vernam School, Far Rockaway, NY 
Mural for Magic City Traveling Exhibition, Dresden, Germany 
Mural for TAG Public Arts Project, Bronx, NY 
Youth workshop with LEAP Arts Program, New York, NY 
Art consultant for Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series, “The Get Down” 
Presentation for Timarchi 2016, Mar del Plata, Argentina 
Billboard designs with Crash for Netflix series “The Get Down” 

2015    
Mural at CityArts.org, Long Island City, NY 
Paix, mural with students from for the Academy for Peace and Justice, Port au Prince, Haiti 
Mural for Coney Island Art Walls, curated by Jeffrey Deitch Joseph J. Stitt, Brooklyn, NY 
Portrait of April, Rochester Dreams and wall with FUA Crew for Wall Therapy, Rochester, NY 
Life Below, mural with students from 20/20 Schools mural program, Brooklyn, NY 
Freedom of Speech mural for Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT 
Mural with students from local school in Palaia, Italy 
PAZ logo for UNICEF 
Youth workshop with LEAP Arts Program, New York, NY 
Rebirth mural with TATS Cru, Yonkers, NY 

2014    
Youth workshops with the Museum of the City of New York, NY 
Youth workshop with LEAP Arts Program, New York, NY 
Mural inside Sobel/Dunn residence 
Murals for Museum of Public Art, Baton Rouge, LA 
Mural in collaboration with students from Eden Park School Summer Youth Employment Program, Baton Rouge, LA 

2013    
Murals with Os Gemeos, ISE, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Children’s workshop for the Brooklyn Friends School 
Children’s workshop with the LEAP Arts Program 
Collaborative mural on Riker’s Island, Queens, NY 
Promotional paintings commissioned by Departure’s Magazine for Grand Mariner 
Beyond the Horizon mural for Wall Therapy, Rochester, NY 
Live Painting Event for the Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY 

2012    
Murals with TATS Cru, Bronx, NY  
Mural for Wynwood Walls Project, Miami, FL 
Mural in Miami, FL 
Flying Murals, Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, FL 
smART Power murals in collaboration with four schools and Zero Inspiracion, Quito, Ecuador 
Murals in Quito, Ecuador 
Workshop with Leap Art Program kids, New York, NY 

2011    
Murals with TATS Cru, Bronx, NY 
Mural for Wynwood Gates Project, Miami, FL 

2010    
Mural for VivoCity Shopping Center, Singapore 
Bad Behavior, Lit bar, NY Collaborative, NY 
Murals with TATS Cru and Crash, Bronx, NY  
“Infolution” painting for Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul, South Korea                  
Lecture at Bronx Museum w/ John Ahearn, Joe Conzo, Rockafella and Kwik Step 

2009    
Murals in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Brazil, Brazil 

2008    
Murals in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Porto Allegre, Brazil 
Mural at the home of Dr. Thomas Shang, Las Vegas, NV 

2007    
Murals in Rio de Janeiro for Fabulous Disordens Show 
“Wild Style Painting” with Revolt and Pink for VH1 Hip Hop Honors 
Set design consultant for “Brooklyn to Manhattan” film production 

2006    
Murals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
Set design for John Mayer’s “Change the World” video 
Set design for VH1’s “White Rapper Show” 
Set design for “Kidnapped” television show 
Painting with How and Nosm for Joga Bonita Nike campaign 

2005    
Progressive Arts Alliance, Artists in Residency Program with Mode Two, Mural at Public Theater, Workshops at Shaw High School and Hathaway Brown School, Cleveland, OH 
Murals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
Getting Up block party event for Ecko Unlimited, New York, NY 
Getting Up block party event for Ecko Unlimited, Toronto, Canada 

2004       
Murals in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
Super Mercado de Hip Hop, Murals, Lecture and Workshops for Hutuz Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
The Boot Stories, commissioned painting for Timberland Inc., Milan, Italy 
Mural for Dreamland Artist Club, Creative Time, Coney Island, NY 
Mural with Pink for Komospolite Festival, Paris, France 

2003    
Murals in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Os Gemeos, Fleshbeck Crew, Binho 
Mural for the Martin Wong Foundation, James Munroe High School, Bronx, NY 
Mural for Altoids Inc, with West One, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 

2001    
Youth workshop at the Juxtaposition Studio Arts (with Crash) Minneapolis, MN 
Large scale mural with Crash and the Juxtaposition Youth Workshop Minneapolis, MN 
Murals with Os Gemeos in Sao Paolo, Brazil 
Murals with TATS Cru and Crash, Bronx, NY 
Youth Workshop with the Kids from the Urban Art Project, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland 
Large scale murals with Kids from the Urban art Project, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland 

1999    
Collaborative mural with Youth Center, Feldkirch, Austria 

1998       
Murals in Basel, Switzerland, Florence, Italy, and New York, NY 

1997    
Mural, Bienniale de Lyon, Lyon, France 
Lecture for Studio in a School, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ 

1996    
Mural, "Homes and the Homeless", Prospect Family Inn, Bronx, NY 
Mural, "Mothers on the Move", Bronx, NY 
Lecture at Lehman College 
ARTDAZE, Program with Children at Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT 

1995    
Sets for Native American, a play by Rick Balians 
Murals, South Bronx, NY 
Painted 8 foot by 24-foot mural for New York University, Queens, NY 
Animation segment for Mirage, Inc. 
15 Years Above Ground Portfolio 
Lecture at Hofstra University 
Lecture at Bronx Museum 
New York-Hanover Urban Art Project (with Crash and Lee), Hanover, Germany 

1994    
Mural, St. John Lutheran Church, collaborative mural with children from St. John Lutheran Church, Bronx, NY
The Bronx Zoo, Collaborative mural with Crash and Lee, Bronx, NY

1993    
Creative Arts Workshop, Collaborative mural and workshop, Bronx, NY 
Mural, Star Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong 

1992    
Commissioned to paint Local Buses for the city of Groningen, The Netherlands 

1991    
Mural in the home of Peter Tunney 
T-Shirts designs for editions G.D.L., France 

1990    
Painted Caravans for Traveling Exhibition for Europe 

1988    
Painted Backdrops for Rap Group "Velore & Double O"® Australian Tour (with Phase 2) 
Commissioned Mural for Citibank, Castle Hill, Bronx, NY  

1986   
THE MISSION, limited edition book published by APPEARANCES PRESS 

1985    
Mural on The Berlin Wall Two Studies of Conflict 

1984    
Collaborative Outdoor Mural Installation at the Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland 

1983    
Outdoor Mural: Houston & Bowery, NY 

1982      
Outdoor Murals: Brook & 147th, Bronx, NY 
Brook & 146th, Bronx, NY 
WILD STYLE, movie 

1981    
STYLE WARS, Documentary, Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver, NY 
Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe at Winter Garden Theater, 8 backdrops: live paint performance, NY 

SELECT COLLECTIONS 

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY 
Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands 
Ludwig Museum, Köln, Germany 
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY 

Selected Works

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The Explorers, 2021
spray paint, acrylic on canvas
96 x 108 ins.
243.8 x 274.3 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Is this seat taken?, 2020
spray paint, acrylic on canvas
51 x 53 ins.
129.5 x 134.6 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Chambers Street, 2018
oil, spray paint, acrylic, glitter, pumice on canvas
50 x 40 ins.
127 x 101.6 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Jackson Heights, 2017
oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas
60 x 60 ins.
152.4 x 152.4 cm

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Reflections in a Golden Eye, 1992
oil, spray paint, mixed media on canvas and wood
58 x 105 ins.
147.3 x 266.7 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Untitled (City), 1984
spray paint, acrylic, collage on canvas
68 x 68 ins.
172.7 x 172.7 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
The Explorers, 2021
spray paint, acrylic on canvas
96 x 108 ins.
243.8 x 274.3 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Is this seat taken?, 2020
spray paint, acrylic on canvas
51 x 53 ins.
129.5 x 134.6 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Chambers Street, 2018
oil, spray paint, acrylic, glitter, pumice on canvas
50 x 40 ins.
127 x 101.6 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Jackson Heights, 2017
oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas
60 x 60 ins.
152.4 x 152.4 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Reflections in a Golden Eye, 1992
oil, spray paint, mixed media on canvas and wood
58 x 105 ins.
147.3 x 266.7 cm

Chris "Daze" Ellis

Chris "Daze" Ellis
Untitled (City), 1984
spray paint, acrylic, collage on canvas
68 x 68 ins.
172.7 x 172.7 cm

Videos

Christopher "Daze" Ellis, Give It All You Got, P·P·O·W, New York, January 7 - February 12, 2022