Body Painting, Know More About The Famous Bodypainting

Body Painting By Professional Artists

Body painting, better known as bodypainting today, is possibly the oldest form of artistic expression. Our ancestors already in prehistory were applied on the skin pigments in red, black and other tones that they got from the substances that they obtained from nature; like coal, clay or your blood.

It served to camouflage themselves in the environment when they went hunting, but mainly body painting was a sign of identity that distinguished the members of one tribe against others. This utility was later abandoned and reserved for rituals and ceremonies, something that is still carried out today in some societies, mainly in Africa, Asia and the indigenous peoples of Latin America.

For bodypainting, the body is the canvas on which one works. In Western culture, body painting has been relegated to a strictly artistic level. The skins are made with water paints, glitter and all kinds of materials to create real works of art. Today we bring you some examples of professionals who have carried out an excellent job.

Johannes Stoetter

The Italian artist Johannes Stoetter uses naked bodies to create his compositions. These focus on nature, specifically in the animal world, landscapes, fruits, and materials such as stone or wood.

In addition to the incredible handling of the brushes and colors, in their creations is fundamental the placement of the models, since sometimes up to four people participate in the representation of a single animal. The result is so realistic that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the figure from the models. Take a look at the gallery of images.

Guido Daniele

More than bodypainting, we can say that Guido Daniele is a professional in the art of “Handpainting.” Committed to causes of nature conservation, has participated in many campaigns reaching to make up hands over ninety different animals.

As he affirms, “It is a challenge to work on a surface in constant change and with so many folds. Patience is always the key. For me, art is something fantastic and beautiful that makes me feel good when I see it. My references are great Renaissance artists like Rafael or Miguel Angel; I find a source of inexhaustible inspiration in them. “…

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