Born in Brazil, Jamil Hellu earned his MFA in art practice from Stanford University and was granted a BFA degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Hellu was selected for the 2014 Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco. He has received the Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for 2010-2011. He held a six-month residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008 and was also granted the Markowski-Leach Scholarship for 2008-2009.
He has taught photography at Stanford University, San Francisco Art Institute, Diablo Valley College, and UC Berkeley Art Studio.
He currently lives in San Francisco, CA.