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Lana has been painting since she was a child, however, she was enrolled into music school. Upon completion of her music education, Lana enrolled into Art and Design High School in 2000 to begin her art journey and continued to Architectural and Design University in 2002. At age 19 she had trainee-ship at Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts. 
After her fourth year of art education, Lana went to visit family in San Diego, CA and fell in love with the city’s people and coastal beauty. Seeking better opportunities and freedom to express herself, Lana became a resident of San Diego and found employment as a graphic designer in 2006. After three years working in design, Lana decided to expand her creative side, grow her art skills by trying new types of art and immersing herself into a different world – body painting. In 2009 she found a group of body painters and they did art collaborations three times a month. During her first year with the group, they had a body art photo exhibit at Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park, San Diego CA.
 
Since 2011, Lana has been working as a solo fine art body painter. Her work influenced by Fantasy motives and Urban culture, using light-hearted symbolism and creativity that undermines rules.
Lana also continues to paint on canvas in different mediums: acrylic, oils, watercolors, ink.
Her one of favorite techniques is cold batik technique. Her art inspired by impressionism, surrealism and modern arts.
 
You can find out more about Lana at her website: www.artbychromium.com
 
Lana was also chosen as a 2015 Skin Wars competitor! See her Skin Wars feature page here.
 

Find out more about Claudia at her website: www.cuerpogris.org

Nicolette Spear is an artist and body painter who lives in the LA area. Body Fine Art spoke with her about the upcoming competition, her love for the art form and what inspired her to start BFA.
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WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THE BODY FINE ART COMPETITION?
The Body Fine Art Bodypainting Competition is about more than just body painting. It’s all about collaboration. There are lots of different kinds of artists performing on Saturday, including photographers, DJs and the live artists who are our models.
 
We’re doing something new in the active way we are spotlighting collaboration and actively engaging collaboration. The photographers working in tandem with the painters is something that’s never been done. Some body painting shows do have performing models, but we want to highlight that collaboration of performance art and body art. Also, many body painters feel that there’s an energy reading that happens between the model and the body painter. Every model brings their own energy to each painting and that is in and of itself a collaboration.
 
One of the beautiful things about body painting is that it’s like a sand mandala. You spend all these hours painting and then it just gets washed down the drain. It’s temporary. The art exists for only a moment and then it’s gone. And so, photography and videography become a big part of of the collaboration. The capturing of the moment with the model. The sweet spot happens when everyone’s feeling it, the photographer’s in the moment and all of these elements meet in the middle.
 
The goal of the event is to promote freedom of expression and to get people excited about creating, themselves. We want to inspire others to be collaborative and expressive as well. The freedom of expression is contagious.
 
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE BFA COMPETITION?
I saw a need for something. As a body painter, I looked for events in Southern California and couldn’t find anything. I wanted to provide an arena for the art form in my area.
 
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN BODY PAINTING?
Tribal and indigenous cultures have been doing body painting for a long time. There are cave paintings which document body painting as far back as 100,000 years. Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher are two National Geographic photographers who’ve written a lot about the history of African body painting.
 
As a painter and art history major, I was already really interested in the human figure. The idea that you can actually paint on the human figure was new to me, but after the research I realized that body painting is an ancient art form. Once I realized that body painting existed it was an “ah ha” moment for me and I think it’s a similar moment for most body painters. I can paint on the form instead of painting the form.
 
I love the Beckwith/Fisher book, “Painted Bodies”. What excites me most about their work is the African attitude towards the body. I would love for the western culture to adopt the comfort with the body other cultures have. Whatever part of the body the artist is painting becomes an extension of the artistic expression and there’s no awkwardness around the nakedness.
 
There’s something healing about finding beauty in one’s body. I think a lot of body painting models experience this freedom of judgement of their body. Being painted helps them to feel love towards their body.

The skin is the boundary that separates the self from the external world. It is the interface between the inner and the outer, the intimate and the infinite… The human form, through the brilliance of inspired artistry becomes a sacred geography of the soul, a map of culture and myth expressed by forms painted, carved, incised, or etched upon the canvas of the body. — Wade Davis (From the introduction to the book “Painted Bodies” by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher)

WHAT ARE SOME CURRENT THEMES IN YOUR OWN WORK?
Each work is dependent on the model and where I am at that time in my life. I love to illustrate anatomy. When I have a particular vision in mind, I’m very picky about choosing my model because of the collaboration. There’s also a spiritual element to my work that I think is about transformation. I like to have a connection with my model so that I can know what kind of transformation they are having. I couldn’t create the vision without the canvas being a living breathing entity with it’s own wants. Personal transformation is a big theme. My own, and the transformation of the model and what their wants are. And there can be conflicting wants as the body has to eat and breath and go to the bathroom. There become complications, which are part of the process and lead to their own discoveries.
 
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Body painting is having an artistic revival. The revival has occurred first in Europe with the World Body Painting Festival which has over 40k in attendance. It’s become very popular in Europe which makes me think of Picasso with his fascination with African art. Only now is body painting really making its way here in the US. It’s awesome to be at the forefront of the movement here in the US and it’s really exciting to help the art form come to the forefront of the culture. There’s so many different places for the art form to go. We’re seeing it get absorbed into the culture more and more and I’m excited to see where this goes. There’s lots of different ways for it to be expressed in the culture.
 
You can find out more about Nicolette and see more of her work at her website – NicoletteSpear.com

Alisia Silliman is a self-taught, multi-talented Artist from Denver, Colorado. She became a Tattoo Artist at an early age and has since developed her love for Bodypainting. In 2012 she started her own Company, Angelcake Art LLC, Bodypainting, designing full makeups, costumes and prosthetics. 
 
She made the jump from local to global with the Gibraltar International Bodypainting Competition, taking First Place in 2014. She has since competed in the Greensboro Living Art America, taking 3rd Place Emerging Artist, and Assisted the 2nd Place winner of Atlanta Living Art America 2014. 
 
You can find out more about Alisia at her website: Angelcakebodyart.com

We’ve got a line up of amazing DJs spinning for us at our Mat 16 live bodypainting and photography competition! Check out their Sound Clouds below and get your tickets before they sell out. (Tix will sell out!!!)

Jason Bentley



 

DJ Wolfie



Jacques the Ripper



ipunx



Uru Majik

Ngene Mwaura is a third-generation artist from a family of writers and storytellers. He comes from Kikuyu, a farmland fifteen miles outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Unlike his father, Mwaura Mureithi (author of “The Adventures of Thiga”), Ngene has found illustration to be his truest form of storytelling.
 
The succession of his work is a timeline of his perception and experiences to date. His work takes you from the farmlands of Africa, through the art world of Europe, and most recently to Los Angeles, where he’s working on his latest work, “Masks,” an expression of what he thinks the African Mask could have evolved into if the African tradition hadn’t progressively dissipated.
 
He has studied under several artists, including Ndasuunye Shikongeni, Fred Mutebi, Henry Mujunga, Rafael Zarza, and Joyce Wellman. His expertise is in silk-screening, etching, acetate printing, carton printing and woodblock printing. You can find Ngene’s work in the collections of the Commercial Bank of Africa and the Dutch Embassy, in Kenya.
 
You can find out more about Ngene at his website: www.ngenemwaura.com

Stephanie Anderson, under her brand name “Neon Armour”, has worked in Los Angeles on the upcoming Maxim and Patriot Pictures Film “Halloween House”, organized events with comic book greats such as David Mack and Bill Sienkiewicz, and has been featured in a special spread in CNN Living. Her work as Creative Director of Cosplay for international online game, “Smite” has garnered her international attention. She also placed second in the Global “Bodies as A Work of Art” competition 2012. Stephanie’s make up and costume design skills contributed to the Allie Award win for “Best Entertainment” for international entertainment design agency L.E.D. She was recently flown to Los Angeles (GSN) to audition for Skin Wars 2014 and her make-up was featured in the breakthrough film “Demons Rook”. She won “Best Special FX” under James Sizemore at the Fantaspoa Film Fest. Her make-Up was also featured on Michael Bay’s “Welcome to Yesterday” , the upcoming film, “The Nice Guys”, CW’s “The Originals” and the The original Music Videos by Vitaly K, Tom P, and Deuce Decaurtier.
 
You can find out more about Stephanie at her website
 

MARIAH CAREY AND BEYONCÉ BODY PAINT ARTISTS AMONG WORLDWIDE COMPETITORS AT WEST COAST’S FIRST EVER BODY PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR BODY FINE ART COMPETITION MAY 16
 
LOS ANGELES (April 9, 2015) – From Mariah Carey and Beyoncé to Game of Thrones and MAC Cosmetics, body painting has invaded every part of American culture. Now for the first time on the West Coast, artists from around the world will compete as they create live pieces of art at the Body Fine Art Competition (#BFALA2015), Saturday, May 16 at The Springs in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The art of body painting is a way of illustrating the energetic, psychological and spiritual activity below the surface of the skin.
 
Among 30 competing artists and photographers is David Gilmore of Long Beach who has body painted for Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and MAC Cosmetics and was a multiple year winner for the annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. Originally an ad agency illustrator working with clients such as Absolut and Orbitz, it was seeing Keith Haring’s body paintings of choreographer Bill T. Jones and Grace Jones that led to his “Oprah moment,” he says. “Working on canvas is one locked moment, but body painting is a fluid interaction of two people creating beauty together. I knew that I had found my calling.”
 
In 2014, Julie Hassett, a recent Sherman Oaks resident, garnered worldwide attention by creating a live, body painted version of the infamous Iron Throne from the television show Game of Thrones. Hassett grouped multiple models into the shape of the throne and painted them with swords to create a haunting effect. Her company, Let’s Gogh Paint is often hired to body paint guests of entertainment power brokers and society doyennes at private house parties.
 
While body painting traces back to the birth of man, the modern evolution of its style blossomed when actress Demi Moore posed in full body paint for a 1992 Vanity Fair cover. In 2012 Gotye’s music video for Somebody That I Used To Know created a sensation as the lead singers were body painted and camouflaged into a painting. “Sacred Body,” the theme of this year’s competition, offers artists the opportunity to explore the vast possibilities of representing the mysteries that lie beneath the exterior of the human form, as well as the inherent beauty of the human body.
 
Additional featured artists competing for the grand prize of $5,000 include Dewayne Flowers of Flesh and Colors who has amassed a social media following more than 100,000 strong. Cheryl Ann Lipstreau was awarded the 2013 grand prize at the Emerging Artists International Body Painting Competition for Living Art America. Also competing is body painting legend and accomplished graffiti artist Wiser Oner whose clients included NBC, Clear Channel, Playboy, Absolut, Bacardi, Ed Hardy, Tapout, Penn and Teller and more. Learn more about all the artists at www.bodyfineart.com.
 
The World Bodypainting Association (WBPA), an international alliance for body paint artists and models, is an official sponsor of Body Fine Art’s first Southern California event. Hosted by modern burlesque artists the Boulet Brothers, the Body Fine Art Competition will feature live body painting, a competition catwalk, dance group Bijoulette, live music from Robbie Fitzimmons and DJ sets by KCRW-FM’s Jason Bentley, DJ Wolfie, Uru Majik and iPunx. Celebrity judges include host of KCRW-FM’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ Jason Bentley, CEO and Founder of the World Bodypainting Festival Alex Barendregt, world renowned body paint artist Filippo Ioco and world champion body painter and GSNTV’s Skin Wars judge Craig Tracy. More than 30 body paint artists and photographers will compete for prizes up to $5,000.
 
The Body Fine Art Competition will be held at The Springs, 608 Mateo Street in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District on Saturday, May 16. Artists will begin painting earlier in the day and doors open to the public at 7:00 pm. VIP tickets are $50 and include early entry to the venue at 4:00pm plus a beverage. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door while early bird tickets are $15 through April 15. Tickets can be purchased at www.bodyfineart.com. Follow Body Fine Art on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @bodyfineart and #BFALA2015.
 
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FIRST EVER BODY PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION COMES TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 
LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2015) – More than 30 body paint artists, photographers and judges from around the world will converge for the first ever body painting and photography competition in Southern California, Saturday, May 16 at The Springs in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The Body Fine Art Competition (#BFALA2015), hosted by modern burlesque artists the Boulet Brothers, will feature live body painting, a competition catwalk, dance group Bijoulette, live music from Robbie Fitzimmons and DJ sets by DJ Wolfie, Uru Majik and iPunx. Celebrity judges include host of KCRW-FM’sMorning Becomes EclecticJason Bentley, CEO and Founder of the World Body Painting Festival Alex Barendregt, world renowned body paint artist Filippo Ioco and world champion body painter and GSNTV’s Skin Wars judge Craig Tracy.
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Luciano Paesani was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1965. Since childhood, he demonstrated an extreme passion for the arts. Paesani graduated from EPA-Escola Panamericana de Artes, in Sao Paulo. He worked in advertising agencies as an illustrator and in 1991 moved to the United States. In America he worked in the movie industry as a set painter and learned many techniques with experienced Los Angeles Artists, including Faux-Finish and the art of painting Murals. His passion for acrylic on canvas was always first love. Another one of his passions, and the thing he spends most of his time doing, is Body Painting. In collaboration with photographers and models, his paintings on the human body have become more evolved and intricate. He turned this passion into a business.. “Skinned Body Painting”. Doing commission work for Model’s Portfolios, Conventions, Parties, Advertising and Special Events. You can see more of his work at his website: www.paesanidesigns.com
 
**Koi**
Model – Joy Ho, Photographer – Heberto J. Ferrer
**Painting on the Wall**
Model – Deanna, Photographer – Heberto J. Ferrer
**Rio**
Model – Deanna, Photographer – Jack Foster
**Luciano Paesani**


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