Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor and moved to London in 1998. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996 before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. 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 museum scale show THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, which between 2011 and 2014 was organised in partnership with Saatchi’s New Sensations. THE FUTURE CAN WAIT was 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.

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 with world class contemporary and Modern artists at Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Torrance Art Museum in California, Paul Stolper Gallery in London and Galerie Heike Strelow in Frankfurt. His work is featured in prominent private collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich.

In 2014 Zavier published his first iArtBook 100 London Artists with renowned art critic and historian Edward Lucie-Smith.