Rinaldi, founder and director, Human Statue Body Art
- 15th August 2010
Statue Bodyart Human
the tradition of Media Man, we interview one of Australia's
greatest creative artists, make-up and body painter
entrepreneur, the wonderfully talented and multi-award
winning Eva Rinaldi.
What inspires you?
could list so many things, It could be something someone
said or something Ive seen. I love to people
watch if Im waiting in the car while my son
goes into the grocery store. You wouldnt believe
the simple things youll notice about people.
A wonderful older person who can barely walk or park
for that matter but still wants to do their own shopping
and not give up that independence just yet. I create
in my mind what there life may have been like and
what its like right now. Ive also seen
wonderful acts of kindness. Its amazing what
you can see if you truly open your eyes every day
of life. One time I heard a couple fighting in front
of my house, I guess they didnt realize that
I was watching them from my window looking like Mrs.
Mangle, it made me sad because I realized they were
both probably overstressed from working so hard each
day. I love nature, animals, cooking, writing,
reading, my son, my wonderful sisters and brothers
and all of these things inspire me but there are hundreds
more; its not one thing I can really pinpoint.
I love riding my bicycle seeing things along the way
but its most anything that I will find inspiring
in some way. I think its more about how the
person sees things in general. Many times its
like a wheel that starts turning the moment you spot
something inspiring. I guess everyone who feels they
are creative will have a different opinion. That's
why they are so creative!
animal, and have you got to paint it? Explain
I grew up in a Italian family, my dad used to take
me on hunting trips when I was a little girl, I hated
it because I had so much love and passion for animals,
my father tried all his life to live off the hunting
club.. He succeeded.. I have had occasional success
and some thudding flops, but stubbornly continue on.
My favorite animal are horses, I havent painted
one as I believe we shouldnt paint animals most
of the paints are not tested on animals. When I lived
on the farm I had a pet goat called Margaret, she
used to eat everything all my roses and my clothes
of the line she was really naughty sometimes.. Well
it wasnt too long before she got into my paints
one particular day I was doing a photo shoot on our
property. By the time I got back I noticed her face
was all covered in paints, she ate them all and looked
so cute with her white fur and nose was covered in
colourful paints. I will never forget that day. The
very next day she died..It was very painful and sad
to lose such a wonderful friend, my father told me
it was probably a snake that killed her but I believe
the paint poisoned her..Mum always says she knows
that there is a guardian angel Margaret
in heaven waiting to get her favorite apples from
and how did you discover your talent for art, and
in particular, body paint?
was raised with the notion that struggle was noble,
and often wondered if penniless poses a strangely
familiar comfort zone, it would explain the suicide
tango and the long projects that allow my bank balance
to spiral towards zero. We lived next to nothing 6
brothers and sisters but seemed to enjoy everything
and anything, that is anything but new..Survivalist
creativity and more often just survival is simply
what I know and do best.. Worrying about money is
not creative, but the pursuit of creativity is one
of the most expensive things around. This is a bit
of a funny story, Im a makeup artist and I teach
makeup artistry. I was approached by Hustler magazine
at one of the schools I was teaching at, I won't mention
any names, he asked me to work on their cover, anyway
I will cut the long story short. I was at the local
News agency one afternoon and noticed my body painting
produced on the cover of a magazine I wont mention
what cover it was on either, anyway I realized he
lied to me, he didnt even pay me for it either
lol, anyway the bad thing he did to me turned out
good in a way because thats when I was discovered
I had a thing for body paint and my phone didnt
stop ringing..hehehe So if your reading this right
now I forgive you and Thank you."
us about some of the great social and community causes
you have mixed in with your passion for body paint?
One of the projects Im working on at the moment
are people with disabilities.
A lot of amazing projects coming up with Keith Richards,
Dulux, Audi and Im working on a book at the
Im so very excited..
your family get involved in the painting also?
My brothers are the real artists in the family, my
son Joseph occasionally helps me mix my paints
I was a little girl my brothers and I believed my
parents could make anything after my dad built a doll
house for his ferrets and mum painted the entire interior
by hand, mum knitted me and my sisters sweaters for
Christmas... We believed in Henri Matisse instead
of Santa Claus, we were told Vincent Van Goghs
astounding misfortunes as a regular bedtime story.
Vincent never saw a nickel.. but he believed.
Who would you like to meet and
bodypaint, who you haven't yet?
I would love to paint some of the politicians lol
perhaps make them look beautiful because they always
look so grumpy, serious and stressed.. I believe anything
How do you determine what's
arty, great bodypainting, or sexy, or can it be all
of these attributes?
think everything in life is art.
What you do, how you dress,
The way you love somebody and how you talk,
Your smile and personality,
What you believe in, your personality and all your
The way you drink your tea
How you decorate your home or party,
Your grocery list, the food you make
How your writing looks
And the way you feel.
Life is art..
When your not bodypainting,
what do you like to do? (we have a broad audience,
so keep it clean : ) lol
love to ride Raja lol
(my horse) hehehe
Does your star sign match up
with your style of body painting?
Some Scorpios are the most brilliant money makers
in the world (think Bill Gates, Jane Fonda, Ted Turner
and Australias talented Larrikin, John Singleton),
but that doesnt mean that we dont work
hard and long for our money either, I believe youre
a Scorpio too Greg lol.. Scorpios are special,
even the name Scorpio stands out from the other zodiac
Scorpios resilience and perseverance, come naturally,
if at first you dont become wealthy, you keep
trying.. Life is not meant to be a stroll down easy
street.. Its more likely that you may need to
go down the very deepest and darkest realms of human
experience to realize how nice it is here on planet
Earth surrounded with your mates, family and pets.
You may even have to lose the things or people you
value to know what all the things you have around
you truly mean to you and realize that your family
and friends are your highest heartfelt priorities..
Life is designed to teach you all kinds of lessons,
and it does with you the tough way-because tough is
really the best way you learn things. Well the best
way I learn anyway...
are your favorite moments in the world of bodypainting?
I love replicating corporate logos its so much
fun working with clients getting inside their brain
trying to discover the look they want to achieve and
then going back to the office designing it and getting
the okay from the client... I love designing costumes
for human statues and putting together shop front
window displays those would be my favorite moments
watching people stop and take photographs seeing their
expressions on their faces and their jaws drop and
then watching them walk inside the store to get a
little bit closer to see if they are real
not something you see everyday always so much fun
I love it..
Welcome to the family
note: Eva is one of the most talented and creative
people we have ever interviewed, and deserves all
of the success she is currently enjoying.
Statue Body Art
The Arts and Creatives
Sydney Body Paint Bike Ride (leading the pack)
Tentative upcoming appearances
The Sydney Morning Herald
Live To Ride