The Master of Illusions

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Compared to other body art artists, Johannes Stötter focuses on the perfection of the illusion. On one hand, he forms the appearance of an animal creature from painted, human bodies, whereby the faithfulness to the original of his creations is convincing and the viewer is downright amazed, when the illusion dissolves into individual bodies. Examples are the frog and the owl.
Secondly, Stötter places his models in front of a natural background and creates transparency and harmony by completely adapting the body painting to the colours of the background – the models seem almost transparent and merge completely into the surroundings. An example is his work “Master of the Unseen” in the South Tyrolean Alpine landscape (in the video at [0:04:31]).
Professional artist Johannes Stötter is known for his groundbreaking work in the realm of body painting and body art. His 2013 creation of a tropical frog using 5 models went viral, propelling his career into another stratosphere. As a world renowned phenomenon, Johannes has won numerous awards, reached various milestones and received several accolades from notable press. Based in northern Italy, he resides in a small town in the Alps; holding a deep connection with nature, he gains much of his inspiration. Guided by his life’s philosophy, and motivated by everyday life, his fascination with people of various cultures allows his ingenuity to flourish.

Rather than a static canvas, Johannes transfers his art onto live models, which enhances the connectivity between the artist, person and art-form. Bringing his artwork to life with each brush stroke, and creating detailed effects with his hands, he fuses the seen and unseen into one. Often blending his art into the backdrop of natural landscapes or indoor décor, he creates illusionary masterpieces, portraying the beauty of life forms within its very existence and vulnerability.

 – Source: “Johannes Stötter – The Master of Illusions” (, 2022, layout changed by the editor
Johannes Stötter Fine Art Bodypainter” ( is his website. It offers a video gallery with more faszinating examples of his work. Also, you may buy photo prints of his art.

A selection of further videos by Johannes Stötter