Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 82 638 0515
+27 11 646 7074
Paul Shiakallis was born in Johannesburg in 1982 to parents of Cypriot descent.
At age 15, his father handed down his trusty old analogue Canon FT 35mm camera. Shiakallis' first ever subjects were of flowers & TV screens.
After High School he completed one year of Journalism at the University of Johannesburg, then transferred to Tshwane University of Technology to study Commercial Photography for 3 years. He then assisted both local and international photographers for 5 years.
He periodically travelled between Brazil, Cyprus, Australia, Botswana & the USA between 2006 – 2015; through his persistent dedication to personal projects he began to realise his unique photographic voice
Shiakallis has shot commercially for numerous ad agencies in South Africa for brands such as MTN, National Geographic, Phillips, Nashua, Coca Cola & Mercedes
His most prestigious personal project are the portraits he shot of the women of the African Heavy Metal Scene in Botswana; the project has been published by over 35 online & print publications; most notably by i-D Mag USA; The Guardian Newspaper UK; New York Mag USA; De Volks Rant Newspaper Holland; Refinery 29 Mag USA; Bird in Flight Mag USSR & The Mail and Guardian Newspaper SA
Based at his studio in Parkview, Johannesburg, South Africa, Shiakallis currently works on commercial & personal art projects.
Ochre a/d (Sunday Times, Webbers, Sowetan, Motor Mania). Draft FCB (Panado; Vodacom; Expelinct; Royals Baking powder). Ireland/Davenport (MTN; Nat Geo). Publicis (Stihl). Leo Burnett (SABC; Salvation Army). Masters and Savant (SABC World Cup Soccer 2010). HelloWorld (Dimension Data). King James Jhb (Nashua). Dojo 115 (Nashua;0861 Bail me; SonoVision; Back o’ the Moon). Metropolitan Republic (MTN; FNB ). Y&R (Pick n Pay; Colgate; Corenza-C). Ogilvy Red Works (DSTV). Charne Productions (Various Ad agencies –King James, Y&R, MC Saatchi). McCann World Group (Waltons; Lead SA; Frasers Luggage; AIG Insurance; Zurich insurance). Heroes Athletic (Titans Cricket); Hark Productions (Phillips). Chillibush (Unisa); Aqua Online (Coca Cola;DSTV Best of Local; Mercedes; Investec). JWT (Kelloggs); Havas WW (Home Affairs; Nurofen; Samson). DarkStar Communications(IEC). Joe Public (Mercedes). The Loeries (Promo Campaign)
2014 - Group Exhibition at Res Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2016 - Top 100 of the Absa L'Atelier Art Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa. Work Exhibited - Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts
2016 - Santeria Festival for Norient Magazine, Milan, Italy. Work Exhibited - Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts
2016 - Africa Utopia Festival at the Southbank Centre for Nataal Media, London, UK. Work Exhibited - Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts
2017 - 'Photographing the Female' at the Focus Photo Festival, Mumbai, India
2017 - Feature Shoot Emerging Photo Awards Exhibition at the 'Head-On Photo Festival', Sydney, Australia