Body Paint: the art of living canvases in Mexico

Mega Body Paint Mexico AC, was born in 2014 after a massive event on the occasion of International Women’s Day. At that time, Jessica Elizabeth Esquivia Rodríguez, president of the civil association, noticed that she could create a project in order to bring the art of the living canvases to the people.

Mexico City, May 5, 2022 Mega Body Paint Mexico is an organization founded with the purpose of disseminating the art of sculpting on human bodies, creating art without sexualizing and training artists who are today considered great exponents at the national level. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae

After eight years, they have become the only association with around 350 make-up artists, 80 fixed models and 100 photographers who have participated in important events such as the mega procession of catrinas in CDMX and various renowned events throughout Mexico. Thus achieving that the artists who enter to train professionally, are now great exponents of the body painting At national and international level.

Body Paint: The art of living canvases in Mexico

Edmundo Orozco dedicates himself to art in tattoos, body paint, graffiti and digital edition. Be part of the artists in Mega Body Paint Mexico and is currently recognized in USA Y Europe. He has placed eighth and fifth in competitions worldwide, in addition to presenting his work in the Netherlands Van Gogh Museum. “It has opened the doors for me, I have gone to the United States to work”he said feeling proud of his progress in the last 16 years.

The models waited for the artists to prepare the paintings to start capturing the National Lottery on their bodies.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
The models waited for the artists to prepare the paintings to start capturing the National Lottery on their bodies. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
Those who begin their careers in body paint must pay for the materials, Edmundo assures that the better quality and good investment, the more noticeable the advances in the work will be.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
Those who begin their careers in body paint must pay for the materials, Edmundo assures that the better quality and good investment, the more noticeable the advances in the work will be. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
Artists assure that to see good results in the art of body painting it is necessary to study the colors, the anatomy of the human body and practice with bases that lead to better work day by day.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
Artists assure that to see good results in the art of body painting it is necessary to study the colors, the anatomy of the human body and practice with bases that lead to better work day by day. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
The body paint has different techniques among which the sponge, brush, airbrush or special effects stand out.  Among others that have allowed this work to expand.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
The body paint has different techniques among which the sponge, brush, airbrush or special effects stand out. Among others that have allowed this work to expand. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae

“Promote body art in Mexico”

“We were the first to bring body paint to the streets and bring people closer to this wonderful art”Jessica told Infobae Mexico. The main purpose is to de-objectify the human body, to make people see them for what they are: living works of art.

Avoid sexualizing the body while doing full or half body paints, it is a task of both the artist and the model. Jessica remembers an event in the State of Mexico, in which while the body paints were walking down the catwalk, a person whistled. At that moment Jessica stopped the event and said: “I can’t imagine that any of you go to Fine Arts and whistle at a Siqueiros mural, it’s the same, you are seeing a work of art and it is respected”.

A complete body paint can take four to six hours.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
A complete body paint can take four to six hours. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
In prehistory, makeup defined the social status of groups, gave them an identity, now, says Jessica, it is a matter of ornament used to express themselves.  With an event at the Ángel de la Independencia, the artists captured their ideas inspired by the National Lottery.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
In prehistory, makeup defined the social status of groups, gave them an identity, now, says Jessica, it is a matter of ornament used to express themselves. With an event at the Ángel de la Independencia, the artists captured their ideas inspired by the National Lottery. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae

Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae

The models ensure that the paint is not uncomfortable, in addition to not generating stains with movement, since the only thing that can remove it is water.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
The models ensure that the paint is not uncomfortable, in addition to not generating stains with movement, since the only thing that can remove it is water. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
During the practices in the street, Jessica assures that there are many people who come to ask them about the cost of makeup, since it is free at certain times because they are students who are part of a class abroad, people agree to be their canvases.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
During the practices in the street, Jessica assures that there are many people who come to ask them about the cost of makeup, since it is free at certain times because they are students who are part of a class abroad, people agree to be their canvases. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
To be part of Mega Body Paint as a makeup artist, it is necessary to demonstrate that 100% hypoallergenic water-based cosmetic grade material is used, experience does not matter, since both artists with a career already started and those who are interested in venturing into this art enter. .  The requirements to be a model do not exist, since the civil association does not promote the physical stereotypes that have been imposed for years.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
To be part of Mega Body Paint as a makeup artist, it is necessary to demonstrate that 100% hypoallergenic water-based cosmetic grade material is used, experience does not matter, since both artists with a career already started and those who are interested in venturing into this art enter. . The requirements to be a model do not exist, since the civil association does not promote the physical stereotypes that have been imposed for years. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
Within the practices between artist-model, there is also auto face paint, being a more complicated technique due to the low visibility that it can generate in certain parts of the face, but it is the moment in which students show the talent they have.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
Within the practices between artist-model, there is also auto face paint, being a more complicated technique due to the low visibility that it can generate in certain parts of the face, but it is the moment in which students show the talent they have. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae

Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae

“People believe that art should be free, many of the artists that are part of the AC live entirely from the art of makeup.  They have to be given that value and what is sought is that they become professional”, said Jessica.  Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae
“People believe that art should be free, many of the artists that are part of the AC live entirely from the art of makeup. They have to be given that value and what is sought is that they become professional”, said Jessica. Photo: Karina Hernández / Infobae

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