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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!

Follow this link to watch the full video.

(From LAWeekly.com)
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L.A.’S NEWEST COMPETITIVE SPORT: PAINTING NAKED BODIES

BY ISAAC SIMPSON WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
 

Body Painting is L.A.'s Hottest Art Form – A Living, Sensuous Canvas in Time-Lapse from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

 
“Being body painted helps you get more comfortable in your own skin,” says model Adriana Widmann, 22, seen in the video above. She is standing topless in a sunny Mar Vista living room on a Monday afternoon.
 
“Even though it’s not your own skin,” says Nicolette Spear, the artist painting her.
 
Spear, 30, founder of Body Fine Art, met Widmann, a trained ballerina, at Burning Man, where the two both performed as fire dancers. They were drawn to body painting for its focus on the physical — the communion of art and flesh.
 
The superbowl of body painting, the World Body Painting Festival, takes place yearly in Carinthia, Austria, and has been steadily growing since 1998. This Saturday, Body Fine Art, the West Coast’s answer to the WBPF, will take place at the Springs in the Downtown Arts District. Twenty artists from around the world will compete for a $5,000 prize. The theme of the competition is Sacred Body, referencing the importance of our earthly vessels and the spiritual energy that runs through them.
 
Just because the theme is a spiritual one does not mean the artists aren’t competitive.
 
“It’s funny to be competing in an artistic realm because it’s so subjective and, not to sound cliché, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase what we do,” says Gilmore. “Still, people go there to compete, that’s for sure. The body painting community is supportive, but people definitely want to win.”
 
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Body painter Nicolette Spear covers model Adriana Widmann
Shannon Cottrell
 
In a city of many subcultures, body painting still manages to be unique. It’s a mash-up of many established art worlds — fine art, makeup, performance, dance, high fashion — and its proponents come from all of those fields. Yet in the past it has been dismissed as a novelty, or as too overtly sexual to be taken seriously.
 
“There is an aspect of hedonism to it, and sometimes that can go off into fringe,” says David Gilmore. Gilmore is a well-known illustrator who painted the ceiling of Mariah Carey’s bedroom. He is featured on the Game Show Network’s body painting show Skin Wars.
 
“I try to stick into the fine art application of it,” says Gilmore. “Something you would see in a gallery or a coffee table book. It’s all about the presentation.”
 
As Gilmore struggles to corral body painting into the realm of fine art, its popularity at Burning Man and its many spin-offs has placed it en vogue. As an ancient, physical craft, it is, like many Burning Man spin-offs, a reaction to our digitally saturated society.
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Shannon Cottrell
 
From geeks to sports fans, everyone is using body paint. Prominent body painters have recently been responsible for Gotye’s famous video for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” for the paint-on swimsuits in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, for Beyonce photo spreads and for a human recreation of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.
 
The point that artists like Spear and Gilmore are forwarding is that it is more than a novelty. It may be impermanent, but, like street art, that can be an advantage.
 
“Body painting is never precious, so you’re more willing to experiment,” says Spear, as she draws squiggles of green on Widmann’s naked butt. “I personally believe you’re illustrating the energetic pathways on the skin. In that way, the model’s spirit or personality is being expressed on the skin, which is in some ways more real than the skin itself.”

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

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

Rio Sirah is a self taught artist born in Jackson, Mississippi, who was raised by family with Alabama and Illinois roots. Since his arrival in Atlanta Rio has produced artwork in the mediums of make-up, body art, video, fine art, and other various artistic forms of expression. He has worked with and for the following companies: Netherworld, Dragoncon, Bonner Brothers, PMAC, Magic City, Straight Stuntin Magazine.
 
Find out more about Rio at his website www.riosirah.com.
 
Rio was also chosen as a 2015 Skin Wars competitor! See his Skin Wars feature page here.
 

We are honored to say that Body Fine Art is a WBA, World Bodypaint Association event. Back in January, WBA featured us on their event blog. See their full feature below or at this link.
 
NEW YEAR, NEW EVENTS
06 JANUARY 2015.
The year is new and fresh and we have many new programs, events and workshops to offer. Two new WBA events are coming up in the next months. The Czech Bodypainting Championships in Prague, Czech Republic on the 18th of April and the Body Fine Art 2015 in Los Angeles, USA May 16th. “Body Fine Art” is a special new event which focuses on live body painting competition as well as a live photography contest.
 
Find all new WBA EVENTS in our special event section.
 
All Events including workshops, members events and much more can be found in the calendar.


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