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 and video has become an important part of documenting my work.
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.
I received a film degree from Azusa Pacific University in 2007. I was selected for the Watermill Center Summer Program with Robert Wilson in 2013 and created four on-site installations and one live paint performance at Watermill. I apprenticed under fine art bodypainter Craig Tracy. I currently have works on exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art and have exhibited on the West Coast including ESMoA. I have had 9 successful viral media campaigns and been featured in all major media including Time Magazine, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NY Post, Daily Mail, The Sun, Yahoo, MSN, Huffington Post, Discovery Channel, Univision, Associated Press, and many more.
I live in New York, NY.
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.
We do deliver commercial and fine art bodypaint projects and events.
Bodypainted Performance artists (circus, dance & more)
We are comprised of 50-75 bodypainters, models, performers (including circus), muas, hairstylists, art dept, photographers and videographers.
San Jose Museum of Art
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“Surreal… masterful marvel” -Daily Mail.
“Trina Merry’s amazing work blurs the lines of reality” -Huffington Post.