Shelley Niro was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y. She currently lives in Brantford, Ontario. Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Shelley Niro is a multi-media artist working in photography, painting, beadwork and film. Niro is conscious of the impact post-colonial mediums have had on Indigenous people. Like many artists from different Native communities, she works relentlessly presenting people in realistic and explorative portrayals. Niro’s photo series such as MOHAWKS IN BEEHIVES, THIS LAND IS MIME LAND, and M: STORIES OF WOMEN are examples of the genre in which Niro works. Her film work includes HONEY MOCCASIN, IT STARTS WITH A WHISPER, THE SHIRT and KISSED BY LIGHTNING.
Shelley graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Honours and received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario. Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. Niro continues to produce work that reflects her and her community.