Born in Brazil, Jamil Hellu is a visual artist based in San Francisco. He works primarily with photography, video, and installations. His work revolves around representations of identity, particularly engaged in exploring interpretations of queer sexuality.
Hellu holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Art Practice from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. He was selected for the Eureka Fellowship by the Fleishhacker Foundation in 2016He was awarded the 2015-2016 Kala Art Institute Fellowship in Berkeley and was selected for the Artist-in-Residence Program at Recology San Francisco in 2014, joining since then Recology’s selection committee as an advisory board member. Hellu received the Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for 2010–2011. He was also granted a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008.
Hellu teaches photography in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University.
He has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Diablo Valley College, and in the Department of Art Practice at University of California, Berkeley.