Johannes Stötter is an Italian artist specializing in bodypainting. His first experiments with the style began in 2000, even though he had gained an interest five years prior. As he continued to hone his craft, he discovered there was a body painting competition bringing bodypainters together from all over the world. He promptly entered the competition and to his surprise finished in 5th place. After his placing in the competition, Stötter was inspired: “That was the beginning of a new bodypainting era for me. From that moment I was fixed on winning the world title.” In 2012, his dream became a reality and he became the “World’s greatest bodypainter.”
Stötter will take up to five months meticulously planning the painting of his subjects. When the day finally arrives, he takes up to eight hours on the project using a special breathable paint. Through his work, the artist hopes to bring a vision of unity between nature and humans. He uses the body as his canvas, and paints his subjects to blend in with the natural environment such as fruit, rocks, trees and wildlife. In his most recent piece, which is nothing short of amazing, he composes five people to create a beautiful frog. You can see the slightly NSFW video here. In his words:
“In bodypainting you create unity between an image and a person. A lot of my inspiration comes from nature. I think I observe the world, nature, colours and shapes with very clear eyes and an open heart. Painting is my big passion. I think the secret of good work is to always have a love for it. The skin is very different to canvas – it is alive, it is soft and warm, it is a very comfortable base to paint on. Bodypainting is special because the artwork is alive and can move.”
Check out more of Johannes Stötters works on his website.