Arno Elias was born in Paris, France in 1977. He is a multi-talented music composer, painter, photographer and activist
Elias is the Founder and Photographer of I'm Not a Trophy, an organization that is dedicated to create greater awareness for the rapid extinction of Iconic endangered species, Featuring Super model and Actress Cara Delevingne as the first-ever brand Ambassador, The Global Launch in June 2016, achieved World-Wide recognition from top editorial outlets.
in 2019, Elias was invited on behalf of his organization I’m Not a Trophy to the 74th general assembly of the United Nations NYC.
Elias is also a multi-platinum world music composer and producer known for his productions and compositions of the Buddha Bar Albums including hit songs such as Amor Amor and El Corazon, 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.
Elias’ creative talents did not stop at his prodigious musical career, but continued into his artistic career, leading him into the world of painting and photography. Working alongside Jean Paul Gaultier and Mario Testino in the fashion industry and studying Art history in Paris further Influenced and informed his creative direction.
In 2011 Elias started "The Lost Series." The collection is a crystallization of Elias' painted photography techniques and the powerful images he captured during his solo world photographic tour. His painted photograph's are on display in leading galleries across the world, his work is also a feature at International contemporary art fairs in North America and Europe each year since 2012
To date Elias has exhibited in Paris, New York, Miami, Chicago, Basel, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Dubai, St Barthelemy, Aspen, Singapore and more