During his residency at Villa Lena Foundation, NY based artist Chris "Daze" Ellis worked with the children of the elementary school in Palaia to realize a mural for the local school titled "Quest for Knowledge". The ten year olds worked with Daze for two days; they painted with acrylic colors objects evoking nature and science, and whilst Daze created an eye with spray paint, symbolizing the quest for knowledge. This workshop is part of the Villa Lena Foundation outreach program made in collaboration with the local public administration.
Chris "Daze" Ellis began his prolific career painting New York subways in the mid 70's. His first group show was the “Beyond Words”, at the Mudd club in New York in 1981, with artists such as Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Since then he has had countless solo shows in such cities as Monte Carlo, Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Beijing, Chicago, and Singapore. His work can be found in the permanent collections of such museums as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and The Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany.