This world-famous creator found his calling in fine art body painting. He didn’t start out this way. his bio on JohannesStoetterArt.com says, “he spent his early childhood in the high Alps and grew up with 3 brothers and a sister in a family of musicians.”
The piece that took Johannes’s career to the next level was his 2013 tropic frog piece that was made up of five cleverly arranged and expertly painted human bodies.
But Johannes wasn’t sure if he was going to pursue an art career. “He studied education and philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, Austria” instead. But he was “involved in several social projects which he combined with art and music” during his college years.
Because Johannes never wanted to “learn” how to do art, he created his own style without looking at other body painters or artists. This is part of the reason he has been so successful.
“He joined the international bodypainting community in 2009 at the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria, where he took part at the bodypainting world championship for the first time,” his website says.
“In the following years he won many awards, most notably he was WORLD CHAMPION 2012, Vice World Champion 2011 and 2014, Italian Champion 2011 and 2013, winner of the North American Bodypainting Championship, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 2013 and Winner of the “International Fine Art Bodypainting Award” 2014.”
In the image below, Johannes camouflages his female model among a pile of stones. Upon first pass, it is difficult to notice the human body among the pieces of earth.
But as you look closer, you can make out her features. It’s amazing how realistic he made the pieces of painting rock appear. He focused on the details of each crack and pebble.
On his website, Johannes displays several of his bodypainting pieces. This one among the rocks is just one part of a larger series simply called “Rocks.” There are five other images you can view in the series.
His website also features other collections, which include: “Pictures in bodies,” “Animals,” “Trees,” “Fruits,” “Gaia,” “Elements,” “Light of Life,” “Music,” “Season,” and many others. Every collection is simply astounding and unique.
When Johannes isn’t busy body painting, he teaches the art at the World Bodypainting Academy – “at the WBF (World Bodypainting Festival) as well as around the world -and Anatomic Bodypainting at Yoni Academy. He works and exhibits all around the world in collaboration with his agency wb-production.”
Check out his amazing piece below: