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Silvia Gonzales from the World Body Painting Festival 2013



In this top body painting information page, you can find out why body painting has become a well known form of art in many countries.   Learn more about this unique art form, and become more familiar on this skill, which is still quite a foreign concept.


How it begins

Normally, a body painting session is completed and photographed within a day. The models usually pose nude or with scant covering over their private parts. The women models' breasts are either painted nude or with nipple covers, that make the appearance less exposed. A brand called ProSHIELD II is used for this. Sometimes stretch clothing or or even liquid latex is used as a base covering. After that, the painting begins. 

Airbrush, or paintbrush and sponge are used to paint the subject. The most common paints used are face paints or professional make-up, of various brands.


What to aim for in body painting


World Bodypainting Festival


Every year the body painting community gathers in Austria for the World Bodypainting Festival.Festivals like this definitely grants much of the top body painting information.

Both the professional body painter as well as the novice come from around the globe to wonder at the creative out pour that takes place at this festival. The intense pressure on the top artists is electrifying, as they battle for the top honours in the various disciplines of the art.   At the world championships, during the main days in Austria, artists from more than 40 nations worldwide compete.

The festival is eight days long, with the competition taking place over the three 'Main' days, with 120 artists from more than forty countries paint their models in a series of themes chosen by the championship organisers. Competitors have to create a unique design to impress a panel of experienced international judges. 

The judges award points to each artist based on the originality of their interpretation of the theme, the painting techniques used, choice of colours and the degree of complexity of realizing their design. Points from each day's painting are accumulated for each artist’s final score.

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Brush/Sponge
  • Airbrush
  • Special-effects Bodypainting 
  • UV Award, the night contest 
  • Facepainting

Furthermore, there are Amateur Awards in the categories:

  • Brush/Sponge
  • Open category

as well as Special Awards in the areas of

  • Special effects Make-up
  • Creative Make-up
  • WBF Installation Art Award

These are only some of the great awards that are waiting for the capable artists, whose artistic disciplines of body painting, photography, modeling as well as special effects will be well tested at the festival.  


Renowned Body Artists

When it comes to the top body painting information, knowing who some of the finest body painters are plays a big role in understanding how this art works.  When we watch how these artists create, we can become far more aware and appreciative of the body painting environment.


Craig Tracy

It takes a day to paint the whole body.  After that what is left behind are the galleries of the event. The artist Craig Tracy featured in the photos below has created a unique gallery for the images of such events. 



In 2005 Craig participated in World Bodypainting Festival alongside his  good friend and Artist, Jeral Tidwell, forming a creative Bodypainting team.   This collaboration was then awarded a first place honor.  Since then, Craig has been returning to the festival each year, sometimes as a judge at the festival.

Today Craig Tracy  owns and operates the  first art gallery in the world,which is dedicated to fine art Body painted images.  And so hundreds of people arrive each week to meet the artist in the unique gallery. The Craig Tracy Gallery is filled with incredible photographic, paper and canvas prints.  Videos of the process and books that focus on this versatile art form are available for every visitor to view, providing valuable aspects to top body painting information.




Craig Tracy speaking about his gallery


Mark Reid

Mark placed 6th in the World Bodypainting Competition in Seeboden, Austria, July 2007, making him an asset to our top body painting information page.  


As Mark explains, "My face painting career started in 1994 as a hobby at small festivals using acrylic paints. In 2002 at a festival in Grapevine, TX, I made the acquaintance of another face painter, Judy Kubik, who introduced me to professional make-up. At that time I had no idea how profoundly this would change my life. Since then I have held the position of lead painter and art director for Living Color in Dallas and have done live demos on Channel 8 in New York at the Great New York State Fair and on FOX 4 in Dallas at the Texas State Fair. I was a featured Artist in the Face and Body Painting International Magazine Vol 9 in 2004 and won “Best Over All” at the International Face and Body Art Convention in Orlando. I was also Co-Owner and Art Director for Enchanted Bodys in Dallas, a company that specializes in custom body art and photography."


Matteo Afranotti

At the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria, 2013, he took First Place in the World Award Brush/Sponge Body Painting Championships. Matteo Afranotti has clearly proved his unique capability and skill to a world of body painting professionals, yet he does not lose his original passions for drawing, painting, and several other art forms that even spill onto landscaping and acrhitecture. Working from his home studio in Fosdinovo, Italy, Matteo continues his creativity that now has become well known, especially inside the Body Painting community in Europe. You can find more about his top body painting information, that is his body art on Matteo Afranotti's Facebook Page, or his page on Equilibriarte.



If you really want to gain the top body painting information, perhaps it would be wise to first gain a perspective change on the art form.  The beauty of God's creation in the human form comes together with the artists painting to form a striking image of beauty and colour that in many instances is wonderful to behold. 

Many elements of art disciplines are blended, such as face painting, aspects of theater and drama, costume design, film, photography, special effects and graphic art. This creates a risky, sometimes shocking, other times beautiful, impact on the viewers of this intriguing art form. The uses of the medium are varied and range from parties and functions, to high powered corporate product launches.

Late night venues and clubs parade the deviant side of the UV and glowing nude figures. The art form also seems to share common ground with other art forms like tattooing, that also use the human form as a canvas. Body artists promote the idea of self esteem and also seek to promote an appreciation of the human body form, as well as an appreciation for the art work of each other. 



Top Body Painting Information Credits

Craig Tracy

World Bodypainting Festival

Mark Reid

Matteo Afranotti

Silvia Gonzales


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