Arno Elias, was born in Paris, France. He is A multi-talented musician, painter and photographer. Arno Elias is known for his compositions of the globally renowned Buddha Bar music. Through his involvement with UNICEF, Arno composed the music for their worldwide campaign with Latin recording artist, Shakira. Arno is the only Artist in the history of Buddha Bar to have composed, and produced the first original Buddha Bar album titled, “BUDDHA BAR Nature”
Buddha Bar sold millions of his Albums worldwide, From 2001 to 2009 Arno produced and composed some of the most significant Buddha Bar classic hits such as Amor Amor, El Corazon, and Guide me...
Arno Elias was chosen by Brigitte Bardot to compose special music for her Animal Rights "Brigitte Bardot Foundation" which was created to help protect animals from abuse.
His creative talents did not stop at his prodigious musical career that began at an early age, but continued to his artistic career, leading him into the world of painting and photography. Studying the European contemporary artists from the 60’s and 70’s and the American pop art movement inspired Arno.
Arno's focus is to travel the world and continue the journey he has yet to photograph that will provide fulfillment and meaning for all who view his personal impressions. In particular, Arno is passionate about endangered species and the lives of indigenous people's who are connected to the environment and depend upon its natural resources for survival.
Every piece of the same series becomes its own special mixed-media photographic painting.
Working alongside Jean Paul Gaultier and Mario Testino in the fashion industry further Influenced and informed his creative direction. To date, Arno has exhibited in Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Paris, New York, Las Vegas, Basel, Los Angeles... His work has been reviewed in ‘The New York Times’, PBS, USA Television, NBC, the Miami Herald, Miami Magazine, Florida International, Haute Living, and the Chicago Tribune.
His Paintings and Photographs have been featured in Art Fairs throughout North America and Europe to include Art Miami, Scope Miami, Scope Basel, Art Chicago, and San Francisco Art Mrkt, as well as at the prestigious Art Basel Switzerland.
Currently, his work is being shown at Pop International Galleries in SoHo, in New York City.