becomes a blank canvas for the world’s top body painters as artists from 45 countries
compete against each other in Pörtschach, Austria this summer.
The World Bodypainting Festival, this year held from 29 June to 6 July, celebrates the unique art of painting
directly on the human body – with models transformed into head-to-toe
masterpieces, depicting anything from alien-like appendages to fruit-like
takes place across multiple categories, including sponge paint, airbrushing and
face painting, all featuring different techniques and materials to achieve the
transformations. In many cases, the models are fully nude, with every inch of
their bodies covered in paint (think: a full-body tattoo). Other models wear
over-the-top props such as outrageous headgear or wing-like attachments.
amateurs can get in on the action, with workshops and lectures that teach the
basics of body paint (classes cover topics like “Airbrush for Beginners” and
A major highlight
of the festival is the “Body Circus”, a giant party held on 2 July in the
massive halls of Schloss Moosburg,
a Gothic-style castle built in 1541. Visitors are encouraged to wear their best
fantasy costumes, accented with extreme makeup and, of course, body paint.
Stylists are on hand to amp up each costume and the party is spread out across
three floors, with dramatically dressed DJs spinning songs on each one.
After the awards
ceremony, the festival ends with the “Colour Splash”, another paint-filled
party that gets as messy as its name implies. Attendees let loose, smudging paint
all over themselves and others – an event that greatly contrasts the perfectly
manicured looks curated earlier in the week.