Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor and lived in London from 1998 to 2015, when he returned to Windsor. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School.
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 independent and annual show THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, which between 2011 and 2014 was organised in partnership with Saatchi’s New Sensations. THE FUTURE CAN WAIT is the largest exhibition of its kind globally. Zavier also curates an annual exhibition called Young Gods, which is his personal selection of London graduates and postgraduates. The exhibition takes place simultaneously at CHARLIE SMITH LONDON and Griffin Gallery and is organised in association with Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris.
Zavier has curated exhibitions internationally including in Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome; and continues to place work in notable collections globally. Known as an acute talent spotter Zavier has identified and exhibited a number of important young artists directly from Art College who have gone on to considerable success with galleries, museums and collectors.
Zavier also collects and maintains a studio practice, and as such has exhibited in recent years at Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Torrance Art Museum in California and Paul Stolper Gallery in London. His work is featured in prominent private collections including the Peter Nobel Collection, Zurich.
In 2014 Zavier published his first iArtBook 100 London Artists with renowned art critic and historian Edward Lucie-Smith.www.charliesmithlondon.com www.zavierellis.com
Before THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, Simon Rumley founded the auspicious New London Kicks in 2005. An annual exhibition sponsored by The Armory Show, New London Kicks promoted British contemporary and emerging artists in New York in collaboration with Soho House NY and Wooster Projects. Showcasing breaking talent such as Tessa Farmer, Gordon Cheung, Stella Vine and Katy Moran, Simon subsequently co-founded THE FUTURE CAN WAIT which led to curating shows as far afield as Los Angeles, Rome, Naples and Berlin.
Simon is also one of the UK's leading independent film directors and is currently in post-production on two feature films: The Last Word, a Texas based supernatural thriller and Crowhurst, produced by Nicolas Roeg, a biopic about an inexperienced sailor who tried to sail around the world in a trimaran.
Simon's films have premiered at Rotterdam, SXSW and Toronto and have won almost 50 prizes globally.