New York, 1977
Shawn Saumell was yankee born and rebel raised. He has lived independent since the age of sixteen and has lived in many places, including but not limited to: New York, Oklahoma, Florida, Austin, Houston, New Mexico, and currently resides and works in Dallas, Texas.
Since early ages, Saumell has been interested and involved in the arts. Shawn began practicing photography in 1993, as his primary medium. In recent years, he has added painting, drawing, sculpture, bookmaking, writing, and filmmaking to his repertoire.
Shawn has studied under many notable photographers and artists. Saumell received his AA cum laude from Collin College under Janet Yoshii-Buenger, his BFA magna cum laude under Susan kae Grant from Texas Woman's University, and his MFA under Judith Barry at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
His fine art is collected nationally and internationally. He has shown in over 100: solo, group, and juried exhibitions worldwide, including outer space on a NASA mission. Saumell's work is included in such prestigious permanent collections, such as the Center for Fine Arts Photography, Brooklyn Art Library NY, Limner Gallery NY, PhotoPlace Gallery CT, Boston Public Library MA, and the Shah Alam Gallery in Malaysia. Saumell continues, against all odds, to create unique contemporary and conceptual fine art.