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 placed in several renowned international collections including Peter Nobel (Zurich), Anne Lewis (Sydney, New York) and Helmut Schuster (Frankfurt, Berlin).

Ellis's most recent project, CHARLIE SMITH london, is a curatorial dealership specializing in young, contemporary artists. Conceived as a platform for emerging to mid-career artists, CHARLIE SMITH london's priority is to present work with a specifically curatorial emphasis at selected art fairs and events as well as singular exhibitions at the gallery and at alternative venues, both internationally and in the UK. Ellis is keen to promote interrelations between artists, curators and galleries while maintaining a priority to show work in its correct context and providing for progressively-minded collectors.

Ellis therefore has a broad and extensive experience of the contemporary scene as curator, dealer, artist, collector and events organizer.