When you think of body art, what usually comes to mind? Something similar to finger painting? Maybe it’s done by someone who rolls around in paint just for fun, or an artist who makes a design on canvas using only body parts? Yes and no to all the above. Art is subjective and open to interpretation. However for the more skilled artists out there, like world famous body painter Johannes Stötter, this form of art is taken to a whole new extreme.
In his method of body painting, he works with various models and contortionists to create stunning works of art. By drawing inspiration from animals and nature, Johannes shapes the participants to resemble such creatures as a frog, chameleon, fish, tiger, wolf, among others. Each ‘piece’ may take upwards of 6 to 8 hours to complete. During this time the models are painted to appear like the animal they are shaped as, and are trained to remain in character, such as during art shows and exhibits, as well as while being painted.