Living Art America was pleased to have representatives in Uruguay on April 3-6th for the first Fesmak Conference. This event drew luminaries from the make-up, movie special effects and bodypainting worlds together, to showcase the work of artists on the leading edge of their fields for the cross-cultural exchange and educational benefit of those in attendance.
Specifically representing the bodypainting world with a glamorous, fashion-oriented flair was the glittering work of Julio Quijano from Barcelona, Spain. Julio’s years of experience in the field were evident in each complete transformation he created for the festival. Also expert in both the bodypainting and make-up fields were John and Annabel Vargas from NYC. John Vargas’ impressive work each day underscored the idea that bodypainting with a fine art aesthetic is achievable and within reach, using freehand and stencil methods combined to great result. Another artist of renown in both the make-up and body art worlds is World Champion bodypainter Einat Dan, who arrived from Berlin to give master classes on high-fashion and fantasy make-up. Attending artists filled the room for her presentations, watching her demos closely and enjoying her charm on stage as she shared incredible stories drawn from her personal experiences on set and on location.
Rounding out the experts of the bodypaint field, Living Art America’s own Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco travelled from the USA to present their work. Fray and Greco invited festival goers to paint with them each day, inspiring the make-up artists to expand into the creation of bodypaint work with confidence.
The Fesmak Conference was held in the beautiful Conrad Resort and Casino in scenic Punte Del Este. Fesmak attendees were treated to vistas of blue water and bright sky silhouetted by passing cruise ships, while sunning sea lions could be spotted along the banks around the town. It was a charming setting to showcase such avant-garde global talents and we at Living Art America wish our South American friends many happy returns.image