Bodypaint creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience.

My surface is living, breathing human beings making this a highly relevant & immediate medium. I use non-toxic hypoallergenic paint applied with a brush or airbrush. The painting is temporary, like a Tibetan sand painting, beginning to change into another work as soon as I stop painting, changing texture & color.

For this reason highly intentional photography has become an important part of documenting my work. I collaborate closely with photographers to make sure I share the same perspective eye as the technology.

Likewise, I work with my human canvases on poses, creating new opportunities for line & form. My work is sometimes experienced live as an installation, for example, at museums, or preserved through photographs as limited edition fine art prints.

Trina Merry Bodypainter

I love the double-take people do as they look at my work. It’s this reaction that ignited my recent human motorcycle project to go internationally viral in the media.

I apprenticed under world renown bodypainter Craig Tracy at his gallery in New Orleans. I have a B.A. in film & worked in the art department in Hollywood on major films & tv shows before finding my current medium.


First Place- Installation Art Award, World Bodypaint Festival 2014

Addy’s- Several First Place Awards “Human Motorcycle Project” 2013

Visual Artist of the Year- Raw San Jose 2012

Please get in touch if you have any questions.


The ART ALIVE Gallery is a full service performance and installation troupe dedicated to bringing the fine artform of bodypaint to people.

We do deliver commercial and fine art bodypaint projects and events.

Living Statues
Shadowboxes/Living Paintings
Themed Paintings
UV Blacklight
Bodypainted Performance artists (circus, dance & more)
Bodypaint Installations

We are comprised of 50-75 bodypainters, models, performers (including circus), muas, hairstylists, art dept, photographers and videographers.

San Jose Museum of Art

SubZERO Festival

ART Alive Gallery on Facebook

For more information on booking us, please use the contact page

“Surreal… masterful marvel” -Daily Mail.

“Trina Merry’s amazing work blurs the lines of reality” -Huffington Post.