Michael Mejia (Meh-HEE-uh) Bicostal, American-Colombian artist, with a diverse international background in art, a versatile, mixed-media skill-set and a unique conceptual vision. Best known for his hyper-realistic animal body paintings, Michael uses his art as a tool for cultivating metamorphoses as well as a means of making a social statement. His vibrant, transformative body paintings have delighted adults and children across several countries as well as being comissioned by high-profile clients such as Claudia Schiffer, Jason Derulo and Timbaland. As a contestant on the show "Skin Wars" Season three, on GSNTV (Game Show Network Television), Michael developed a hilariously flamboyant alter ego - Unleashya - whose humorous personality added extra entertainment value to his considerable talents.
Born and raised in New York City. From the age of 11 to 17, he lived in Bogota, Colombia,, then moved to Philadelphia for one year, after which he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City (2009-2013).
While studying Graphic Design and Fine Arts at SVA, he worked part time as a face and body painter. With each project, Michael became more and more aware of the magic and art of body painting, eventually, completely falling in love with the art form. He currently lives in New York City and works as a face and body painter full time. “I’m passionate about the ephemerality of body painting, it is a reflection of my abundant life experiences. I have been exposed to many polarities from a young age and have had to adapt to different cultures, social classes and to the dialectical movement of life. Parallel to all of these life experiences, body painting is transitional, which is why I’m enamored with this medium. The beauty and impact that the body paintings have, come partially from the knowledge that they will not endure.”