“What a body of work!” -TODAY Show

“Painting on the body creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience.” -Trina Merry

Trina Merry creates unique mind-blowing body art that has been featured in every major media outlet including TIME Magazine, The NY Times, NBC, ABC, The NY Post, Forbes Magazine and the Discovery Channel.  The scope of her work ranges from avante garde performance pieces in museums to commercial advertising campaigns.

A Native of  the Bay Area with a degree in film, she moved to New Orleans to apprentice under the world renowned body artist, and current judge on Skin Wars, Craig Tracy.  She currently lives in New York City where she studied under Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center.

Highlights of her career include creating 10 commercial and fine art series that have gone viral, crafting living installations at the San Jose Museum of Art and ESMoA, executing a social media campaign for Ford Motors Corporation & a national commercial for NERF, and receiving numerous industry awards.  She currently holds the title of “World Champion” in the Fine Art Bodypaint Installation Category.

“Blows our minds… Brilliant.” -Life & Style Magazine

Trina Merry Bodypainter

“The result is quite stunning.” -Washington Post

“Remarkable” -New York Post 


First PlaceInstallation Art Award, World Bodypaint Festival 2014

Best in Show and Several First Place Awards- Addy’s, “Human Motorcycle Project” 2013

Visual Artist of the YearRaw 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.