CJay (http://www.drawingonpeople.com) Halloween Venetian Way 2009
Halloween Painting Party by CJay at apartment complex. ---- CJay was born in the Bronx, New York. He became interested in graffiti art at a young age, and began experimenting with spray cans and airbrushes not long after. Always wanting to make a living from his art, at the age of twelve he began painting t-shirts at local flea markets, and soon after expanded his art to walls, cars, clothes.anything with a paintable surface. It was at the High School of Art & Design in NYC that I really began to fully appreciate what it meant to be an artist. Being around so many young talents and the exposure I got to the city helped me refine my skills, CJay says. After graduating he began an apprenticeship at Tattoo Seen in the Bronx which lasted two years. In 1995 he attended Fantasy Fest in Key West Florida, and, impressed with the art of body painting, began the process of changing career paths. In 1996 he moved to Miami and began body painting in nightclubs both in Miami and NYC, working on both club patrons and dancers. Word spread quickly about my painting, and painting in nightclubs turned into painting for private events, he laughs. Corporate America took notice and hired me as a marketing and promotional tool to their great successand mine! Past clients include Nike, Bacardi, Grey Goose, JÃ¤germeister, PepsiCo, Revlon, Spin, Sobe Water, Bombay Sapphire, Cirque Du Sole, Marlboro, Camel, the National Football League, NBC, Extreme Variety, Americas Next Top Model (season one), to name a few. His work has taken him around the world to exotic locations such as London, Spain, Germany, Amsterdam, and Greece, as well as across the United States. He has additionally worked on CD covers and been featured in books such as Ibiza 24 2000 by Ralf Uhler. He has also been featured in Paper and the Miami Herald. CJay is currently working by appointment only for private galas and special events, and he specializes in product marketing and concept design and development. Additionally, he teaches the art of body painting at South Florida makeup schools, and has lectured at universities in upstate New York on the same topic. Im a big believer in advancing knowledge on the subject, its one of the purest forms of art around. With his expertise and background, CJay is, without question, one of the best in the business to speak on the subject.