Tag: #livingart

Margaret Mauthe is an artist who’s preferable canvas is the human body. She lives art, which is her passion and livelihood. She tries to capture beauty and pure emotion with her work, stopping the clock in the circling universe of her imagination. Body Art is cathartic to the artist, and should be tranquil for the model. She lives by those rules, if only by those rules.
 
You can find out more about her at her website: www.balloonsandbodyart.com

Oscar A. Galvan Jr. is a native of San Antonio. He’s been a Professional Artist for over ten years, participating in many events including the Centro Cultural Atzlan gallery, Gallista Gallery where he had his first one artist show in 2010. He’s also participated in the On and Off Fred tour for the past five years. Oscar’s been bodypainting for over five years and he loves the world of Bodypainting, painting on a human canvas using paints specifically for the body. The Art of Bodypainting has changed my life on so many levels. Oscar has participated in the World Bodypainting Festival Competition in 2012 held in Austria, moving to the Finals, where he ranked as the only American in his category. In 2013 he competed in Living Art America Bodypainting competition in Atlanta, the main bodypainting competition held in the United States. 2014 was a great year starting with the Flesh Art Show in New Orleans, followed by a return to Living Art America, and closing the year off in New York, for New York City Bodypainting Day, first of its kind; fully nude models, male and female painted at Central Park followed by a march to Time Square.
 
You can see more about Oscar at his website: www.galvanstudios.org
 

Check out the link to see this morning’s My FOX LA segment on our upcoming live body painting competition!

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We’ve got a list of amazing photographers competing in our live body painting and photography competition THIS SATURDAY, May 16 at The Springs in Downtown LA. Check out their websites to explore their work.
 
RAQUEL NATALICCHIO
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CARLOS TORRES GARZON
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DIANA LUCKYSOVA
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DUSTIN ENGELSKIND
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ROBERT REIFF
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STACEY MEINEKE
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KIMBERLEY GREEN
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JOEL HINDMAN
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MANNY LLANURA
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MARC EVANS
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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


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