Oct 31, 2010

Creative sports exhibit highlights poverty with Eva Rinaldi, - 31st October 2010

Photography Credit: Roberto Duran http://tokes.redbubble.com/
Bodyartist Eva Rinaldi

OMG There is a real Santa and Reindeer (Tommy Grujevski)

           There is a real Santa (Tommy Grujevski)

Poverty has been one of the world's greatest challenges for thousands of years and a Sydney, Australia based artist and bodypainter is the latest to put a spotlight on the issue, with the assistance of her team of teen models that include some champion athletes.

In a most unusual collaboration the world renown artist Eva Rinaldi organised a somewhat spontaneous Sunday arts exhibit and photo shoot at a secret location favored by many of Sydney's more edgy artists. Hint: lots of abandoned trams and a plethora of graffiti art adorn the walls (and floor).

Rinaldi, who is now known the world over as the Australian artist who is campaigning to bodypaint or create a human statue of famed TV queen and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey, organised the gathering of about a dozen in less that 24 hours, and the end result has already been decided as world class, as are many of her recent expos.

We tracked down Rinaldi for her candid comments on today's most unique happening.

"We are all absolutely delighted with the end result of today's exhibit and photo shoot. We'd been to our favorite little secret location before, but today's result even exceeded my expectations. We were fortunate enough to work with famed photographer Roberto Duran again, and there's no doubt that Roberto's magic with the lends and children helps us all maintain a world class production. I was particularly pleased with both the shots of my son Joseph who is showing displaying his soccer skills as well as our Santa who stumbled across a couple of dogs on the premise who we all thought would make Australian style reindeer. With Christmas and all coming up we thought why not, and now many of our friends and associates can expect early Christmas cards and even customised postcards, and that also includes you Oprah, because I've got a strong feeling your reading our articles and your pending visit to Australia nears. Today was certainly a highlight in our year that included hundreds of exhibits, and we all can't wait to do more, with a return visit to beautiful Bondi Beach coming up in a week or two."

Rinaldi's exhibit today entitled 'Children Help Poverty', went for a marathon 5 hours all told. For the uninitiated some of the elements that go into a happening such as this include talent management, paint preparation, logistics, media, briefing the team and a lot of post and pre production follow-up.

The models and their respective messages painted on their bodies today were: Michelle Bonserio 'Tennis has given me soul' (Martina Navratilova), Kayleb Cantali 'Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong' (Muhammad Ali), Joseph Rinaldi 'God gives us all special gifts' (Ronaldinho), Micky Grujevski 'Music can change the world because it can change people' (Bono), Antonio Bagnato 'All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up' (Pablo Picasso), and 5-year old Tommy Grujevski 'There is a real Santa'.

As you can imagine a great deal of fun and inspiration was had by all, young and old, and the team remains extremely optimistic that the happening will help keep poverty awareness front of mind.

Rinaldi has been a passionate campaigner on issues such as poverty for the better part of a decade, and shows no signs of slowing down as Winfrey and other famed global social and communities are set to hit Sydney shores over the coming months.

Early next month interested persons will have the chance to witness Rinaldi's 'Joy's World' TVS television appearance which also features a song about her desire to paint Winfrey by the talented singer songwriter team of Kat Ferguson and Kay Fallico.

Based on Rinaldi's recent creative arts efforts and results it appears likely that she will continue to achieve her dreams and aspirations, while also giving those of her team and associates a sporting chance.

  Joseph Rinaldi 'God gives us all special gifts' (Rinaldo)
Micky Grujevski 'Music can change the world because it can change people' (Bono)

Kayleb Cantali' Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong' (Muhammad Ali)

Antonio Bagnato 'All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up' (Pablo Picasso)

Michelle Bonserio 'Tennis has given me soul' (Martina Navratilova)

Bodyart Eva Rinaldi

A Special thanks to all the parents and artists:


Human Statue Bodyart


Roberto Duran official website

Oct 30, 2010

Artists and announcers kiss and makeup with Eva Rinaldi at Skid Row Radio, - 29th October 2010

Marrickville's Skid Row Radio was the unlikely place of a most unusual recent collaboration of artists.

Well, you've likely heard of the self proclaimed 'Greatest Band In The World' KISS, and quite possibly world renown artist and bodypainter, Eva Rinaldi, but unless your a hardcore community media nut, you may not be so familiar with Skid Row Radio 88.9 FM and their treasured announcer Taaleah Jezierski ("TJ"), nestled away at the historic Marrickville Community Centre.

The appearance of 'KISS' band members at Skid Row was a long time in the making, with TJ and Australia's bodypainting goddess Rinaldi, having worked on a number of creative arts projects together over almost a decade.

It takes little imagination to see why certain media and marketing masterminds had been suggesting to Rinaldi to start painting KISS rock band members asap, one way or another. KISS are of course one of the world's most recognizable bands and this is largely thanks to their eclectic make up.  Incidentally, Rinaldi has the original band members on her make up 'Wish List', which is actually more of a 'To Do' list.

Not long after Rinaldi had started burning up the airwaves about her quest to bodypaint a number of the world's foremost social and community entrepreneurs, including KISS and even Oprah Winfrey, she learned that Australian performing artist sensation Natasha Eloise was coming into the studio. Rinaldi's eyes lit upon the announcement, as she scrambled for her make up set, seeking out the silver, white and black paint, in order to transform Eloise into Ace Frehley aka 'The Spaceman'.

Before long this writer found themselves at the mercy of Rinaldi's seasoned paintbrush, ordered to sit still in a chair and be prepared to the transformed into 'The Demon', KISS base guitar legend Gene Simmons. For reasons not totally clear at this time KISS like cowboy boots appeared out of thin air to help make the transformation more complete.

The publicity stunt type nature of the afternoons Skid Row Broadcast did not appear to freak out the 15 year old Eloise, who didn't miss a key note as she hammered out 'Get What I Want'.  Perhaps the wild men of rock 'n' roll like Simmon's might just be one of the reasons she doesn't want to reach 16.

In any event, Skid Row Radio has certainly received a shot in the arm over the past month as Rinaldi and team Media Man keep getting asked back, with rumours circulating the station's listening audience has increased a massive 10 fold since the dynamic duos 'stunts' and visual and audio delights. The excitement and buzz has been at such a level that the station is now enjoying an international audience, reaping the benefits of the FM band and new media sensation Facebook, seeing one American "Joseph Charles" (Esq III) getting carried away in the excitement and calling in via landline, raking up a $900 telephone bill in the process. Mind you, he sure sounded excited when he called and the broadcasting team joked with him that he was probably getting better value for money that those 1800 4 LURVE numbers at $4.95 per minute!

In a world where everyone is trying to stand out from the pack and achieve "cut through' factor, clearly Skid Row Radio, Eloise and Rinaldi are doing some things very right. Sure, they all have a certain amount of hype or "look at me" attributes, however what can not be denied is their outstanding creative gifts that continue to achieve worldwide recognition.

The collaboration of talents is a brilliant example of the old Australian saying (and song by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody) 'From little things bit things grow', also said famously in the cultural exchange between former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam and native land title holder Vincent Lingiar.

We foresee nothing but great things ahead for all of the above mentioned artists as the countdown continues to Sydney's 'prize catch' Oprah Winfrey, who Rinaldi continues to pro actively campaign to bodypaint not long after stepping foot on Australian soil this December.

It's these kind of collaborations that can help make the seemly impossible, possibly, and when one looks into the background of all of the entities involved, one can't help but to think that the odds of their ongoing individual and collective successes will do nothing but skyrocket well into the the future, as their stars continue to shine. In the meantime its a case of don't blink or change that dial or you may just miss something really big.

*The writer is a friend and associate of Eva Rinaldi

Eva Rinaldi Profiles

Oct 29, 2010

Avatar mystery building up in Sydney suburbs with Eva Rinaldi; News media companies start probe, 29th October 2010

                          Benjamin Cao Peter Carrette Photography Peter Carrette -Icon Images

A new mystery has struck Sydney's suburbs, stretching from Bondi Beach out to Marrickville and beyond, which has people from all walks of life wondering where the lovable creatures will strike next.

It was film producer / director James Cameron who introduced the world to 'Avatar' in 2009, however sources close to Cameron and News Limited owned 20th Century Fox deny any responsibly for the "rebel" avatar phenom to hit Sydney streets.

Marketing and media insiders have noted however that the "knock off" Avatar's have a habit of showing up whenever bodypainter and artist Eva Rinaldi and one or two of her photographic team are around.

In this month alone the rebel 'Avatar' creatures have been seen and photographed at Bondi Beach (alongside the graffiti art wall), the Sydney Opera House, Abbotsford and most recently, Marrickville (Skid Row Radio).

Judging upon appearance the mysterious Avatar's are neither the work of amateurs, however they are not quite ready to insert right into a Cameron production either.

A source who claims to be close to the rebel Avatar's leaked that they are quite likely creations of Sydney based artist Eva Rinaldi, who perhaps not by coincidence has also embarked on a national - international campaign to bodypaint and / or create a human statue of Oprah Winfrey, who is set to hit Australian soil this December.

The leak said "I'm pretty sure its Eva Rinaldi behind this publicity stunt - ambush marketing effort of sorts. She's very clever. You will note that there's no branding on her bodypainted creations, unlike the Barvaria beer happening at the World Cup. She seems to have her heart in the right place and its not a blatant brand knock off or anything else that is likely to get her in hot water on the legal front. It's actually very clever and talented work and marketing, and she looks to have created an international marketing and media campaign on a shoestring budget. I'm pretty sure had something to do with the Sydney Opera House 'John Travolta' shenanigans last weekend on the open day also. By plugging into major events she's generating national and worldwide publicity, and I think it may even be assisting the official Tourism Australia and Oprah Winfrey media campaigns also. Her campaign, if its hers of course, is likely to spark a number of copy cat artists, and I think that may have already happened.  If one further researches Eva Rinaldi you come across Human Statue Bodyart on the internet, and there's a number of photos, articles and even blog entries that further suggest she is the mastermind behind these Avatar phenoms".

Thus far both the official Avatar franchise and the mystery Avatar's have received largely balanced and positive news media coverage.

James Cameron's Avatar recently announced that they will be doing a trilogy, and something tells us that Rinaldi and co conspirators are also well aware of that fact.

Readers, if you happen to spot any of the rebel Avatar's in your neighborhood please make contact with both local authorities and us immediately. No one has offered any reward money to date, however an anonymous legal eagle did suggest that if the outbreak of the new breed of Avatar's become too much of a problem that reward money may be offered.

Rinaldi or her Human Statue Bodyart enterprise is understood to have not entered any marketing or media awards this year, but judging upon her recent efforts we think most certainly that she should throw her colourful hat in the ring.

At the time of publication a media leak suggested that Rinaldi and / or the rebel Avatars, will also be covered in suburban Sydney newspaper, Northern District Times, published by the Cumberland Newspaper Group.

In the meantime entertainment and media commentators have suggested to enjoy the ride, as its unlikely to last forever, however with that said, Rinaldi and friends are understood to always remain one or two steps ahead of the thought police, adding media tycoon Richard Branson, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman and rock gods KISS to her 'To Do - To Paint' list.  Rinaldi if you're out there, and I think you are, I See You!

                                              "Rebel"Avatar and Eva Rinaldi

      Taaleah Jezierski and (Rebel) Avatar (Skid Row Radio)

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Avatar official website

Oct 24, 2010

Sydney Opera House Gets a Musical Surprise, - 24th October 2010

Photography Credit Peter Carrette (Icon Images)
Bodyart Eva Rinaldi

Sydney Opera House Open Day Gets Visual And Musical Surprise with Kat Ferguson and Eva Rinaldi, by Greg Tingle - 24th October 2010

Today was the special one off open day for the famed Sydney icon - the Sydney Opera ("Oprah") House.

Approximately 50,000 lined up to get an insiders look at "The House", and the wet weather was no deterrent.

Attendees were treated to an unexpected (but largely very welcome) unscheduled happening and performance by Eva Rinaldi and her Human Statue Bodyart troupe, passionately campaigning to bodypaint and create a human statue of Oprah Winfrey and friends, rain, hail or shine.

Rinaldi, who has let it been known the world over of her wish to to paint Oprah and friends, pulled out all the stops today, even securing singer - songwriter sensation, Kat Ferguson, who co wrote 'If I Could Have One Wish' with Kay Fallico.

The seemingly impromptu and unscheduled performance drew considerable attention by visitors, news media and security, who hung on every word. In a curious twist, famed Bondi Beach photographer Peter Carrette appeared out of the middle of nowhere, just as he did last weekend at Bondi, and appeared to get the cream of the photographic opportunities, flanked by up and coming "pap" Marek Jezierski. Both paps seemed to have better information on the surprise and were more up to speed than the official Sydney Opera House security team, who were largely warm and inviting to Rinaldi's creative surprises.

Numerous passes by picked up on some of the lyrics that included "I feel a masterpiece unfolding, beneath this paintbrush that I'm holding...Dear Oprah please be brave, cause every coin I raise, will make this world a better place." Even some of Rinaldi's bodypainted models and human statues started singing and dancing, including her very own 'John Travolta Qantas Pilot' (Martin Vadam) and Taaleah Jezierski ('Statue Of Liberty'), Benjamin Cao (Australia reptile) and Jillian Bachara ('BBW Beach Babe'). 'John Travolta' caught the eyes and heart of a bush swag of Japanese tourists who were overheard to say "John's hot stuff", and "Trovolta" responded in kind with a few dance moves, flex or his pecs and a tip of his captain's hat. Others were also heard to shout out "Where's Tom" (Cruise), and chatting about Gail, Russell, Hugh and Jack Thompson was also picked up by news media technical equipment.

The open day proved to be a big hit with both Aussies, tourists, news media, celebrities et al, and no doubt the day further warmed up Australians for both official and paid performances at "The House" as well as the pending arrival of Winfrey and friends in December.

Yes folks, Australia still has "Oprah Fever", regardless of whatever spelling or connotation you choose, and media leaks advise that Rinaldi and some of her inner circle will be campaigning again tomorrow at "people power" news media mainstay, 'Joy's World' as seen on TVS.

We have to hand it to Tourism Australia, Sydney Opera House, Eva Rinaldi and all news media and performers involved... they have really got it right this time, and the surge of campaigning has appeared to put a shot in the arm of Australia's recently struggling tourism sector, and the buzz around Sydney's cafes and water coolers has to be heard to be believed.  Well done Australia, you are once again showing 'The World' how its done.  One last thing... "Let's Paint Oprah!"

 Photography credit: Peter Carrette- Icon Images

Photography credit: Peter Carrette (Icon Images)

Kat Ferguson and Martin Vadam

Official websites

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Kat Ferguson MySpace

Sydney Opera House

Oprah Winfrey website

Tourism Australia

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Oct 21, 2010

Australian bodyartist Eva Rinaldi breaking down walls at Bondi Beach to bodypaint Oprah, - 17th October 2010

Photography Credit: Peter Carrette

It was another glorious day at Bondi Beach as summer continues to sneak up on us.

The beach was abuzz today with clear blue skies, 22 degree temperatures, awesome surf, surf comps for pros and the nippers and much more.

As the day moved forward a special vibe swept through the iconic beach. Before long, beach walkers and cafes were chatting about the fact that today was the Bali day of remembrance and that this would also be included in surfing and artistic endeavors.

At roughly 10am a now familiar site, the 'Let's Paint Oprah' artists and models, were seen getting creative with their bodypaint workshops up against the famous graffiti art wall which runs between the Bondi life guard towers and the skatepark. One hour later six eclectic models had been bodypainted, and Bondi's resident photographer and noted philanthropist, Peter Carrette, was quick to snap up the action, so Team Human Statue can wire and Facebook the images around the world.

Eva Rinaldi and her human rainbow clan has taken to Bondi Beach like a ducks to water, and Eva has clearly established herself as Bondi's newest and most creative local force.

Today Eva organised 6 models (Jillian Biscara, Benjamin Cao, Dominique Nasr, Alesandra Nasr, Victoria Mauromatis and Victoria Gorette) to be painted by her collaborative of artists.

The themes were partly inspired by the Bondi Beach graffiti art wall and were entitled 'Breaking Down The Wall To Painting Oprah'.

To date Eva's campaign to paint or do a human statue of Oprah Winfrey have included 'Let's Paint Oprah', 'Dear Oprah', and 'My Want Today Is To Paint Oprah Winfrey' (via Sydney radio), and next up will be 'Walk To Oprah', which will involve a gathering of bodypainted models and iconic Australians walking for a good cause from Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House in the coming weeks.

As a number of beachgoers said earlier, the mere fact that Human Statue Bodyart did get a return phone call from Oprah's Harpro Productions is evidence that they're on the right track. A large number of people walking past Eva's creations were overheard to say words to the effect of "I know what that is. That's the lady who wants to bodypaint Oprah".

All we can say is keep doing what you're doing, may the world be your human rainbow, and be blessed in your quest to collaborate with Oprah and friends.

         Photography Credit: Peter Carrette