Chris Daze Ellis began his career painting the gritty New York subways in the mid1970s
While attending the High School of Art & Design. He is one of the few artists from that period to make the successful transition from the subways to the studio. His first group show was “Beyond Words” at the Mudd Club in New York City in 1981, showing alongside Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. His first solo show was in 1982 at Fashion Moda in the Bronx. He has had solo shows in such cities as Monte Carlo, Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Beijing, Chicago, and Singapore. Daze has also completed many public art projects, including a mural for the Star Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong, the design of an entire train station in Hannover, Germany (with street artists Lee Quinones and Crash), youth workshops during the Hutuz Festival in Rio de Janeiro, and a mural for the Vivo City shopping center in Singapore. Daze’s paintings are in the private collections of Madonna and Eric Clapton, in The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and The Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany.