Zavier Ellis
Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School. He has lived in London since 1998.

Zavier is the founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH london, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in the heart of Shoreditch that specialises in showing and representing emerging to mid-career artists. He is also co-founder and co-curator of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, which is currently organised in partnership with Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations. THE FUTURE CAN WAIT is the largest exhibition of its kind globally.

Zavier has curated exhibitions internationally including in Berlin, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome; and has placed work in many notable private collections globally including the Saatchi Gallery, Peter Nobel, Jean Pigozzi, David Roberts and Thomas Rusche. Known as an acute talent spotter Zavier has identified and exhibited a number of important young artists directly from Art College including Steven Allan, David Blandy, Oliver Clegg, Tessa Farmer, Sam Jackson, Monica Ursina Jäger, Annie Kevans, Alexis Milne, Nika Neelova and Douglas White.

Zavier also collects and maintains a studio practice, and as such has exhibited in recent years at Paul Stolper Gallery in London and Museum der Moderne in Salzburg. His work is featured in many private collections including the Peter Nobel Collection.