Craig Tracy (artist)

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Born (1967-05-22) May 22, 1967 (age 54)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materThe Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
  • Body painting artist
  • Television personality
StyleBody painting
AwardsWorld Bodypainting Champion, 2005

Craig Anthony Tracy (born May 22, 1967) is an American Body painting artist and television personality. He was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tracy is most widely known as the expert judge[1] and producer of Skin Wars which aired on the Game Show Network in 2014. In three seasons of the network reality television competition series, Tracy worked alongside RuPaul, Robin Barcus Slonina and host Rebecca Romijn.

He graduated in 1987 from the The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Tracy’s early career as an artist was focused primarily on commercial, advertising and editorial illustration work.[2]

Notably, Tracy was named a 2005 World Bodypainting Champion[3] in the airbrush category at the World Bodypainting Festival.

In February 2006, Tracy opened the PaintedAlive Gallery, the first gallery in the world dedicated to the fine art of bodypainting. In 2009, the name was changed to the Craig Tracy Gallery to better clarify that it houses and sells his personal works. It is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Craig Tracy’s work has been commissioned for numerous companies including the New Orleans Saints, Fiat and Coca-Cola. Additionally, he and his work have been featured books including Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Strikingly True[4], The Human Canvas: The World’s Best Bodypaintings[5] as well as self-authored Painted Alive: The Fine Art of Bodypainting[6].


  1. Game Show Network. "Skin Wars Talent". Game Show Network. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  2. Tracy, Craig. "Craig Tracy Gallery". Craig Tracy Gallery. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  3. World Bodypainting Festival. "Artist Hall of Fame". World Bodypainting Festival. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  4. Tibballs, Geoff (2011). Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Strikingly True. Ripley Pub. pp. 12–13. ISBN 1609910001.
  5. Barendregt, Karala (2014). The Human Canvas: The World's Best Bodypaintings. Impact. pp. 84–100. ISBN 1440337004.
  6. Tracy, Craig (2012). Painted Alive: The Fine Art of Bodypainting. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0764341529.

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