Shaun Ellison was born in 1984, South Africa, in the city of Durban. Nowadays, he is best known for his work inspired by graffiti, streetstyle and the urban landscape. Ellison was educated in the field of Business and Philosophy at the University of Louisiana. He continued his studies at the School of Visual Arts, NY.
His artistic practices evolved out of a fascination by Neo-Expressionism and abstraction. Ellison is also greatly inspired by the subconscious, feelings, and meditation. He has a preference for African tribal arts, because these tend to speak the language of ritual as much as he does through painting. Shaun Ellison lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.