Shannon DeFreitas also known as Shankipaige, was born on November 5th, 1980. She grew up in Boca Raton, Florida with her parents and five siblings. Shannon was always very creative and artistic as a child, always thinking outside the box, which has brought her to where she is today. She is a very colorful person full of a unique sense of style and character which is portrayed in her art.


Shannon is a firefighter in Broward County and has been since 2004. She knew from a very young age she wanted to help people and make a difference. Being a firefighter is a high stress job and Shannon used her love for art as a creative release from the day to day rigors. She loves being a firefighter but has an extreme passion for art which blossomed when she moved to Miami.

Living in Wynwood being centrally located in such a

diverse cultural atmosphere of artists she

thrived and found her artistic voice through

body painting.


Shannon paints the bodies of her subjects

and then collaborates with a photographer who

photographs the bodies creating a unique abstract

image full of color that leaves the viewer in a

imaginative state of awe. She not only sells her

artwork she does live interactive art shows,

which you can always find her doing at

galleries throughout the year and during

Art Basel. For special clients she works

with them one on one creating custom pieces,

down to the colors and shoot locations they want.

No photo shoot is the same; every art piece

tells its own breathtaking story, through

movement and color. Due to Shannons profound love

of the arts and human life, she donates a portion of

her proceeds to the Give A Life Foundation.