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Miguel Angel – artist, Colombia

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Miguel Angel is one of the most positive body painting artists I know. He loves what he does – sculpting, painting and speaking. I love the way he speaks, informatively, copiously and rapidly. It looks like he is talking to the whole world at once, but when he hears your question he stops everything, thinks about it quietly and answers you personally.   Miguel has great acting talent, and if he was not such an accomplished artist he would certainly be an actor. He wrinkles his nose, frowns, growls, roars, and takes on an intimidating expression, all while his eyes remain pleasant and...

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Matteo Arfanotti

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Matteo Arfanotti is an architect and bodypainting artist from Italy. Matteo participates in many artists' competitions, and he is also a judge at competitions, a gifted teacher, and a totally enchanting person. More than once he has won the prestigious prizes of the World Bodypainting Festival.  I met him at one of the artist's classes at the festival in Austria and since then I have been an enthusiastic participant in his workshops. I enjoy keeping in touch with him in between as well, when I manage to meet him between his extensive travels and his workshops.     Matteo has a special style of image creation.  It's...

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Out of Africa

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I love painting in Africa. I feel true creative freedom there. I draw what I want, I have no limitations or restrictions; I can stop and think; I don't run around after models, nor am I preoccupied with other distractions. When I visit a part of Africa where I had never been before, I have every optimal condition for creativity. My trips to Africa enrich my painting abilities. These are trips that allow me to expand my ability to cope with the various tasks facing me. The rules of the game are different in Africa. Your business card means nothing here; it does...

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Master Class With Birgit Mortl

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When I decide to attend a master class, I never know whether I will be pleasantly surprised or disappointed. The same goes for when I travel to a new place, curious to know whether I would love it and want to go back again, or be disappointed. Birgit Mortl's master class is the kind of place you want to revisit time and time again. I love to see more of her works, which offers infinite details and have an exotic glamour about them. Birgit Mortl's works immediately put you in the mood they try to convey, and always inspire enthusiasm and admiration. What...

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When The Character Takes The Lead

The creative makeup competition in Austria in 2015 inspired me to create a special character to embody the competition's chosen theme: the 1920s. I chose to carry out the character of an actress at the time. For me, the 1920s evoke mainly images of the fashion of the day – clothes, makeup, women's dreams, and the vivacious, bohemian lifestyle of the actresses, of which makeup was an integral part. It was clear to me that my actress had to wear a fantastic dress. After choosing the cut of the dress, I decided to buy 70 yards of burgundy-colored nylon. Everything is urgent...

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Anna and Alex Barendregt

Anna and Alex Barendregt

I became familiar with the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria by accident, surfing the Internet. It is no secret that bodypainting is my passion; so naturally, I knew I had to participate in such an event. This is how my family and I ended up in Pörtschach, a beautiful resort town in southern Austria. There is no doubt that the picturesque town is a place where one could relax and vacation, but hosting the bodypainting festival made it into a dream location. We were met by a celebration of creativity and artistic freedom, and met people and bodypainting artists from all over...

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From Concept to Execution

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The Concept It's quiet. To an outside observer, it may look like I'm doing nothing. This is what it looks like when I start a new project. When I work on a new character, I can sometimes do nothing for two or three days. But this outer quiet is misleading, as my mind never rests during these days. Like a large pot in which morsels of ideas are cooked into a perfect, richly flavored soup. I'm often asked where my ideas come from. Where do ideas come from, really? Sometimes an idea comes up unexpectedly, inspired by a word spoken during a conversation or the...

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Bella Volen

Bella Volan

Bella Volen is a Vienna-based, professional fine and visual artist, who works worldwide as an artist and art instructor. I had the pleasure of meeting Bella Volen in a body art festival. Since then, I attended three of her workshops and I'm willing to attend them time and again. Bella has taught me the surprising concept that art is like a song and therefore has to be harmonious. Much like music, an artwork's details – be they dynamic or static – must be balanced, as the repeated motion in the sequences create the melody. I, who was born a musician and became...

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Body Art and copyrights

It's no secret that in the world of Body Art, a good creation is the result of the harmonic interaction between the artist, the model, and the photographer. Each one brings his or her own skills and resources to the piece....

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Metamorphosis of Life

This past July I participated in the World Body Painting Festival that took place in Austria. The theme of the competition was metamorphosis. The immediate association that came to me was that of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, but I knew I wanted to create something with a greater meaning than that common image....

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