08/07/2013 08:07 BST | Updated 07/09/2013 06:12 BST

Johannes Stoetter, Bodypainting Artist Is World's Best (PICTURE)

A glance at these kaleidoscopic living projects will leave your jaw on the floor – and with good reason, they are the work of the world’s top body painter.

Johannes Stoetter scooped the title in last year’s contest and we’re pretty certain he could walk the contest this year.

The 35-year-old spends up to five months painstakingly planning and perfecting each of his amazing creations.


Each work of art then takes up to eight hours to complete using special breathable paint.

Stoetter from south Tyrol, Italy, told BNPS: "Bodypainting is special because the artwork is alive and can move.

"While a canvas painting lasts forever, a bodypainting exists only for a few hours.

"The skin is very different to canvas - it is alive, it is soft and warm, it is a very comfortable base to paint on.


"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.

"And painting is my big passion. I think the secret of good work is to always have a love for it."