Safi Alia Shabaik discovered art and photography at the age of five, when her mother enrolled her in a pinhole camera class at the California Museum of Science and Industry. She earned her B.A. with honors in Fine Art at UCLA, where she was nominated for the Levinson Scholarship and studied with many accomplished contemporary artists, including Catherine Opie, Richard Jackson, Paul McCarthy, Barbara Drucker and Mark Durant. She has lived and worked in both Los Angeles and New York. While living in NY, she became fashion stylist, photographic documentarian, personal assistant, travel companion, and confidante to the legendary and iconic Ms. Grace Jones, both in her personal and public life for all global performances and appearances. Safi was given free-reign to photograph anytime they were together.
Her work has appeared in Grace Jones’s book "I'll Never Write My Memoirs", on the cover of Artillery Magazine, on the Los Angeles Times website, is part of many private collections, and has been exhibited in both solo and group shows in many galleries nationally. She is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, mixed-media collage and assemblage, printmaking, sculpture and experimental video. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is a charter member and teaching assistant at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) as well as a volunteer in the Fossil Lab at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. She is a lover of the human form and an award-winning licensed mortician.
Shattered Self-Portrait © 2015 Safi Alia Shabaik