Auckland-based Orjis studied at AUT and at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2001. He completed his MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2006. His work is flamboyant and polished, challenging the boundaries between academic and commercial aesthetics. Orjis has worked in both fine art and commercial photography, producing shoots for fashions designers such as Miss Crabb and fashion magazine Pavement. His practice shows the influence of American photographer and filmmaker David LaChapelle, who Orjis worked for as an intern in New York. He was particularly influenced by LaChapelle’s interest in surrealism and eroticism, and the highly polished commercial technique he employs. Orjis’ work has been exhibited around New Zealand and internationally, and appears in many prestigious public and private New Zealand collections. In 2014 he was awarded the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence at Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery. He was the Asia New Zealand Foundation Artist in Residence at Rimban Dahan in Malaysia, in 2017. Orjis is a lecturer at the Manukau Institute of Technology, in Auckland.