Arno Elias is a French American artist, Photographer, Musician and Activist, born in Paris, France
He is best known for his hand-painted, hand-embellished photographs of endangered species and indigenous peoples, both of whom have been devastated by the impacts of industrialization. Through the act of hand-painting and hand-embellishing each image, Elias weaves into each image multiple simultaneous narratives and layers of meaning that represent the complicated conversations surrounding globalization, industrialization, and best practices for conservation of both endangered animals and traditional ways of life.
In 2016, Arno Elias founded I'm Not A Trophy, an organization dedicated to creating greater awareness for the rapid extinction of endangered species around the world. Featuring Super model and Actress Cara Delevingne as the first-ever brand Ambassador, the organization's awareness initiative achieved world-wide recognition. In September 2019, Elias was invited to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the topic of animal welfare and sustainable development.
Elias is also a music composer and singer known globally for his productions and compositions of Buddha Bar Music including hit songs such as Amor Amor and El Corazon. As a singer songwriter in France, Arno Elias released 2 albums, "Le Monde Inconnu" in 1998 and "Alchimie" in 2001. He also composed the Musical Score for the United Nations Organization in New-York, a Campaign for UNICEF called "For every Child" with recording artist Shakira. Elias was chosen by Brigitte Bardot to compose music for the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, which was created to help protect animals from abuse.