Shala lives and works in Chicago, while engaging in commercial, private and public projects internationally. He owns a media venture called The Movement Worldwide. It develops traditional art as well as art in the forms of entertainment, video, music, and fashion. His Movement art label also functions as a social impact firm dedicated to using Shala's work to solve social challenges . The company was originally founded as an independent recording label that produced and managed the unsung Hip Hop band, Qualo and various other Chicago artists; including visual artist, Hebru Brantley, and former Kanye West DJ and The Weeknd producer, Million Dollar Mano.
In 2016, Shala's Bronzeville Solar Pyramid was the subject of a Fall course at The Illinois Institute of Technology. That year his gallery work was featured at Miami Art Basel for the first time. He followed up with a sculpture series for Xfinity that was displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the historic Betsy Ross House. Shala won the Artist of the Year Award and the Creative Person of the Year Award in 2018. The Illinois Institute of Technology soon returned to tap him for his first academic fellowship. This led to his first TED talk in May of 2019. Commercially, Shala has partnered with various brands. In addition to Xfinity and ComEd, he has partnered with Lululemon, Anheuser-Busch, Martell and Mini USA. He debuted in his first commercial spot as a national spokesperson for the Nissan Motor Company's “Innovation That Excites” campaign. The campaign, starring Shala and his work, was nominated for Digital Campaign of the Year and his impact on the advertising industry continued with his nomination for ADCOLOR’s 2019 Innovator of the Year. He is currently developing new solar sculptures and murals for projects in Chicago, St. Louis and Malta. His commissioned gallery work is currently exploring the use of glass and refurbished wood.