Paul Roustan

Paul Roustan (born September 5, 1979) is an American contemporary body painter and photographer. Roustan paints people for a variety of needs including gallery shows,[1] private photography workshops & commissions, tradeshows, TV/Movie, and advertising campaigns. He has done work on shows such as Skin Wars, Hollywood Today Live, The Queen Latifah Show, and in the movie Ted 2.[2]

Paul Roustan
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Born (1979-09-05) September 5, 1979 (age 40)
OccupationBody Painting Artist
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His work has appeared on media including, Spike TV, The Game Show Network, Sabado Gigante, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Post, GQ, Playboy, Maxim, and galleries along the East and West coasts. His work has been acquired in over 200 private collections. Roustan is an alumn of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design[3][4]

In 2011, Roustan won the North American Body Paint Championship in the category of Airbrush. It was at this event that the iconic Skull Dove image was first created that he now uses as his logo and the cover of his book.


In 2005, as a freelance editorial illustrator for Boink Magazine, a sex positive magazine featuring photo spreads, creative writing, and education from male and female students of Boston University, Roustan pitched the idea to the editors to paint a model for one of the photo spreads. His first published partial body painting was a test painting on the founder of Boink Magazine, Alecia Oleyourryk. Roustan's first full body painting was published in the same issue featuring a photo series displayed in reverse giving the illusion that a female model, Anna, was undressing painted clothing. In actuality, the clothes were painted on step-by-step and they were photographed sequentially by photographer and Boink Co-Founder, Christopher Anderson. This photo series was mentioned in an on the Howard Stern Show interview with Alecia Oleyourryk.[5] Stern initially could not tell that the model was painted.

His work has gone viral multiple times including a woman camouflaged as a moth,[6][7] a My Little Pony Transformer,[8] and a series of female surfers painted in wetsuits.[9][10]

In 2015, Roustan published a large hardcover coffee table book featuring over 130 of his studio body paintings. The book was funded completely through Kickstarter and has received rave reviews on Amazon[11] and a lot of viral publicity from various blogs.[12][13][14][15]

Roustan has been interviewed/featured on various media including Blisss Magazine,[16] The Inertia,[17] Dodho Magazine,[18] Tat2X Blog,[19] Maxim Magazine,[20] The Beach Reporter,[21] and Makeup Artist Magazine,[22][23] among others.

Paul Roustan currently resides in Redondo Beach, California with his wife and two daughters where he continues to do body painting professionally for various clients within the United States.



  1. ^ "Gallery Show". Pretty on the inside. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  2. ^ "IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  4. ^ "IMATS Instructor". IMATS. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Howard Stern Interview". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 6 March 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2005.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Moth Bodypainting". Laughing Squid. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Metro UK". Metro UK. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  8. ^ "MLPT". Geekolgie. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  9. ^ "painted Wetsuits". Maxim. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Roustan Wetsuits". NY Post. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Roustan Body Paint Book". Amazon. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Roustan Book". Laughing Squid. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Roustan Book". Boing Boing. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Roustan Book". Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Roustan interview". Artsy Shark. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Roustan interview". Blisss Magazine. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Roustan Shark Feature". The Inertia. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  18. ^ "interview". Dodho Magazine. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Interview". Tat2 X. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  20. ^ "Interview". Maxim Magazine. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Interview". The Beach Reporter. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Body Art Show". Make Up Mag. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  23. ^ "Article". Makeup Artist Magazine. Retrieved 1 Feb 2016.

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