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
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.