Elias’ process for creating his multi-media artworks is quite involved. After developing each photograph, the artist hand-paints a distinct language of codes, designs, and embellishments on top of each photo’s surface. In this way, each piece becomes a unique mixed-media photographic painting. In his hand-painted photographs, Elias applies the traditional colors of the African tribes that live side by side with endangered species thereby making them interchangeable with the animals with whom they share their lives.

elephants

lions

other animals

tribes

asia

american west

new york

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