100 Creatives 2014: Rudy Zanzibar Campos, Painting Them Loudly
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."
Photo Kingwood Pin Ups
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.
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."
More Creatives for 2014
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
Paige Kiliany, director
Betirri Bengtson, visual artist
Melissa Maygrove, romance novelist
Natalie Harris, bridal gown designer
Larry McKee, cinematographer
Tiffany Heath, filmmaker
Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker
Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer
Janine Hughes, visual artist
Nyssa Juneau, artist
John Merritt, artist
Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator
Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright
Jason Poland, cartoonist
Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer
Lloyd Gite, gallery owner
Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru
Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor
Jennifer Mathieu, author
Scott Chitwood, writer
Anat Ronen, urban artist
Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter
Michael Weems, playwright
Lane Montoya, artist
Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet
Joey & Jaime, designers
Suzi Taylor, photographer
Ashton Miyako, dressmaker
T. Smith, artistLindsay Finnen, photographer
Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist
Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker
Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer
Shawn Swanner, video game painter
Andy Gonzales, painter
Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher
Theresa DiMenno, photographer
Jessica E. Jones, opera singer
Atseko Factor, actor
John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker
Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist
Rabēa Ballin, artist
David Wald, actor
Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist
Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston
Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist
Heather Gordy, artist
Mark Nasso, comic artist
Marian Szczepanski, novelist
Jonathan Blake, fashion designer
Doni Langlois, interior designer
Kat Denson, dancer
Blame the Comic, comedian
Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist
Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer
Rene Fernandez, painter
Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer