What is Body Painting?

Body painting is certainly not a new or vague cliché as its history goes back to a prehistoric era when humans used to paint their bodies with different elements such as clay and other natural colorants. Some ancient cultures are still practicing this art and some we know only through archeological discoveries. Ancient cultures used to paint their bodies in order to demonstrate life, spirituality, and weddings etc.

Body painting was used to depict social status and religious beliefs as well. In some cultures, people wore body paint for the celebrations of important events while other just used this art to show their social status. However, body painting revival in modern cultures was kicked off in 1933 when makeup pioneer Max Factor along with his girlfriend was arrested for nude body paint public display at Chicago’s world’s fair. The art of body painting increased its popularity among the actors and hippies in 1960. They used this art as a mean to express self-love.

Later in August 1992 Vanity Fair’s magazine’s cover caught up people’s attention as it displayed actress Demi Moore in striking body paint. By then, the public had become more tolerant and had accepted this form of body art. Since then, body painting is widely used by many people across the globe and people gather to celebrate “World Body Painting Festival” in Austria every year. Tens of thousands people come and cherish this festival.
World Body Painting Festival

In the small town of Klagenfurt, Austria artist from around the world gathers to celebrate World Body Painting Festival every year. This event usually held during the summer months of July. Last year this event was held on 28th to 30th July.

This year World Body Painting Festival is starting on 12th to 4th July. It consists of pre-week workshops and preparations and side events. Side events include surreal custom ball (body circus) and musical events. Exhibitions, public gatherings, and related industry discussions are also part of side events at World Body Painting Festival.

The three days of the festival is open to general public in a park which is known as “Body Paint City”. Festival is open for families as well including children. World Body Painting Festival attracts artist from around 50+nations.Each day a new theme is given to the artists to compete in the categories of brush sponge, airbrush, and special effects.

Artists also compete for the following categories:
World face painting
Amateur award
Installation award

Airbush Paint Jam Sponsored by Local House Painters

!!!!!NM House painting jam – MARCH 4, 2006 – 2:00-12:00 MIDNIGHT – FACTORY ON 5TH – 1715 5TH STREET NW!!!!

The New Mexico Painting Festival was formed

to bring a new art form to this art-enriched state.  Painting has been ever-present in our history.  It is now time for the US to explore these avenues.

Festival Sponsors:

Professional Face, Body and House painting Artist, Way Wicked Art and Southwest Face and Body Art Guild

Since 2001, we have been focused on promoting the world of paint. We began with a few local painters focused on bringing joy and life through house painting. For over 17 years we have opened the door for local house painters to be a part of sponsoring our festival. This festival focuses on bringing paint to life. Whether people are able to enjoy the paint within their home through interior painting or exterior painting or through body painting, we seek to promote the beauty of painting. From providing vibrant paint colors for your home, it is amazing the way paint can bring life to people’s lives.  It is this thought behind bringing paint to life that we have chosen to create this festival. It is focused on allowing painters throughout the United States to sponsor this event so that it can promote their business. We focus on promoting house painting businesses so that it brings exposure to their business. One of our sponsors this year provides painters in Castle Rock. Over the years we have had sponsors who were new in the business of house painting or they have been experienced with more than 20 to 30 years of experience. If you are interested in sponsoring this years festival or next years, contact us for more information.

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