What He Does: Rudy Zanzibar Campos likes to paint, but he prefers flesh to canvass. No, not tattooing, but airbrush and other techniques to transform mere mortals into the otherworldly and uncanny. The ultimate results are strange metahumans that defy belief.
Campos got started doing this as an offshoot of his studies doing movie FX with Classic Universal Films. He learned to airbrush so he could paint masks. Eventually he got good enough that photographers were calling him for airbrush jobs and it became his main focus.
Why He Likes It: "I love it all! I get to work on my passion at home. I get to travel! But I suppose I love the illusion at the end when everything comes together, I love the reaction it gets from the people seeing it for the first time."
What Inspires Him: Not surprisingly, Campos gets a lot of his inspiration from monster movies and other films that require extensive make-up effects. Anything fantastic drives his inner muse.
He also credits several people on his journey into being an artist. His parents have been a huge support for him, and both Toby Sells and Alex Hansen have been mentors and inspirations in the bodypainting field for him.
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If Not Here, Then Where: "I would love to live in any major city with the same work opportunities that Houston has to offer artists. But I can tell you I wouldn't choose New York or LA, those places are saturated in my field."
If Not This, Then What: Campos honestly has no idea. After all, where do you go from painting fantasy skins onto beautiful naked people? There's not much of a B-list after that.
What's Next: "Well this Summer we attended the World BodyPainting Festival in Austria to represent Houston and Texas alike! Our team placed Top Ten in the world for SFX Bodypainting. We placed sixth on the final day. I couldn't have done it with out my team manager/wife Madeline Kiley or assistant Jeane Forster."
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