Arno Elias, was born in Paris, France. He is a multi-talented musician, painter and photographer. Arno 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, Guide Me… He was also chosen by Brigitte Bardot to compose special music for her Animal Rights "Brigitte Bardot Foundation" which was created to help protect animals from abuse.
Arno’s creative talents did not stop at his prodigious musical career, but continued to his artistic career, leading him into the world of painting and photography. The European contemporary artists from the 60’s and 70’s and the American pop art movement inspired his work and working alongside such greats as 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 Television, U.S.A today, 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 to include Scope Miami, Scope Basel, Art Chicago, and San Francisco Art Mrkt, Art Miami, as well as at the prestigious Art Basel Switzerland. He was commissioned by the St. Regis Hotel in NYC to create two unique works of arts for the hotel's permanent collection, one of which, is a painting of the founder John Jacob Astor IV,