DAZE (American, b.1962), also known as Chris Ellis, is a Graffiti artist. DAZE began writing Graffiti in the New York City subway in the mid-1970s, while he was a student at the High School of Art & Design. In 1981, his work was featured in the Mudd Club group exhibition Beyond Words, which also included the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. The following year, he had a solo show at Fashion Moda, in the Bronx, NY. He has gone on to exhibit at venues such as the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York (1983), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen (1984), the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands (1992), and the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT (1995). His work has been acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, the Groninger Museum, the Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany, the Museum of the City of New York, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He lives and works in New York.


Born in New York City
Began painting New York City Subway trains


While the City Sleeps, Reflections from the 3rd Rail, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Daze/Crash, Adhoc Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, NY (solo)
Chris DAZE Ellis, Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO
Elevation, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France (solo)
The Agenda Paintings, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France (solo)
Portraits, Steven Vail Galleries, Des Moines, Iowa (solo)
The New York Armory Show, Modern Culture, New York, NY
Daze and the Kids from the Urban Art Project, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland (solo)
Works on Paper, Prosper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Elevated Stations and Interiors, Modern Culture at the Gershwin, New York, NY (solo)
This is the Modern World, Modern Culture, New York, NY
Crash, Daze, Sharp, New Paintings, Pace University Gallery, New York, NY
Safe Harbors - Auction to Benefit the Point Community Development Corp. Pacifico Fine Arts, New York, NY
Aerosol Art, No Name Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
DAZE, Atelier Laderhof, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
The Agenda Paintings and Monochromes, Eastwick Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (solo)
Zurich Art Fair, Projects United, Zurich, Switzerland
Group show, AZ NY Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Toronto International Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Fine Arts, Toronto, Canada
Art Miami, Andrew Edlin Fine Arts, Miami, FL
WORKS ON PAPER, 1990-99, Masterpiece Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan (solo)
DAZE, CRASH, ON THE EXPRESS TRAIN, Palais du Lichtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria - Traveled to: Grossmarkethallen, Munchen, Munich, Germany (solo)
DAZE, CRASH, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, Musee D' Art Moderne et Art Contemporain, Nice, France (solo)
NY2K, El Bohio, New York, NY
Cadaver Dog, Life Cafe, New York, NY
Urban Mythologies, The Bronx Represented since the 1960's, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx. NY
Inaugural Exhibition, Andrew Edlin Fine Arts, Hoboken, New Jersey
The New York Century: World Capital, Hometown, 1900-2000, Museum of the City of New York, NY
HAKS was here: A selection from the permanent collection of the Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands
Metalurgy, The Learnung Tree, New York, NY
Y2K, 10 Gallery, Bronx, NY
Pittura Dura, Fundaciona Bricherasio, Torino, Italy
New York Graffiti Art: Coming From the Subways, The Collection of Henk and Leonie Pijnenburg, Museum Der Stadt, Rattingen, Germany
Urban Encounters, Bullit Space, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Album: 30 Years at the Lower East Side Printshop, West Chelsea Arts Building, New York, NY
Eighth Annual Comic Arts Show, Max Fish, New York, NY
American Graffiti, Museo De Arte Contemporanea Do Parana Seec Curitiba, Fundacao Clovis Salgado, Palacio Das Artes, Associacao Patronas Do Palacio Das Artes, Museu De Arte Moderna Mam Bahia, Museu De Arte Moderna Rio De Janeiro, Instittuto Cultural Itau Sao Paulo, Brazil
Inner City T endencies,L' Casa D' Arte, Milan, Italy
The Web Gallery, New York, NY
Global Housewarming First Floor Gallerie, Melbourne, Australia
Genuine Enamel, Around the Coyote, Chicago, II
New York Tendencies, Zurich Art Fair, Switzerland
Works on Paper, Avanti Gallery, New York City
Cyberart Comes to Tribeca, Web Gallery, New York City
DAZE/DZINE, Summit Street Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
DAZE and CRASH®, York University Gallery,York College, New York, NY
DAZE and CRASH®, Club U.S.A., New York, NY
DAZE®, Galerie de la Cathedrale, Nice, France
DAZE WORLD®, The Time is Always Now Gallery, Hong Kong
Decade of Drawings®, Gallery Michel Gillet, Paris, France
Daze and Crash®, Black and White in Color Gallery, Bronx, NY
Daze and Crash®, Gallery Structures, Montepellier, France
Daze®, Gallery Michel Gillet, Paris, France
Daze®, Museum of American Graffiti, New York, NY
Daze®, Gallery B5, Monte Carlo
New Paintings®, Alexander Woods Gallery, New York, NY
Crowd Control®, Nada Gallery, New York, NY
Daze®, Pene du Bois Gallery, New York, NY
DAZE®, Eastman-Wahmendorf Gallery, New York, NY
CRASH and DAZE®, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
Daze®, Pitekin Thropus Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Daze®, Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York
Daze®, Fashion MODA, Bronx, NY