Zavier Ellis
Two years after graduating from Manchester University with a BA (Hons) in History of Modern Art in 1996, Zavier Ellis opened his first gallery in London at the age of 24. Also an artist with a Masters in Fine Art, Ellis has work in several renowned international collections including Anne Lewis (Sydney, New York), Peter Nobel (Zurich) and Helmut Schuster (Frankfurt, Berlin).

In 2006 Ellis launched CHARLIE SMITH london Ltd, a curatorial dealership specialising in young, contemporary artists. Conceived as a platform for emerging to mid-career artists, CHARLIE SMITH londonís priority is to present work with a specifically curatorial emphasis at selected art fairs and events as well as singular exhibitions at alternative venues, both internationally and in the UK. Ellis is keen to promote interrelations between artists, curators and galleries on a global scale while maintaining a priority to show work in its correct context and providing for progressively-minded collectors.

In 2007 Ellis established Ellis Rumley Projects Ltd with Simon Rumley, and together they launched The Future Can Wait. This year they have also co-curated exhibitions at Mark Moore Gallery, LA and Changing Role Gallery in Naples & Rome. They are also currently planning shows in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich as well as discussing projects in LA and Hong Kong.

Ellis therefore has extensive experience of the contemporary scene as curator, dealer, artist, collector and events organiser. He is also currently writing his first novel, based on the contemporary London art scene, and is on the selection committee for the Vauxhall Collective art prize and is a member of the Lambeth Academy Local Career Advisory Board.