WBF 2022

Painting Paradise – World Bodypainting Festival

May 25th, 2023

May 25th, 2023

2022 saw the 25th World Bodypainting Festival return to Austria’s Klagenfurt am Wörthersee after a two-year break due to Covid.  Founder, Alex Barendregt, and his team welcomed hundreds of artists from all over the world who arrived to compete at the highest level and celebrate the new world champions.


Each day during Festival Week from 7th to 13th July, models and artists spent six hours creating one of the oldest art forms with ultra-modern techniques.  Bodypainting has gained worldwide recognition over the last 25 years, not least with the World Bodypainting Festival, where competitors battle it out in 12 different categories over the Festival week.


Alex Barendregt, Founder of the World Bodypainting Festival

The Awards

With six World, four Special and two Amateur Awards held, competition is fierce.  The winner of the 2022 World Award Brush and Sponge category sponsored by Kryolan was no stranger to the podium.  Winning for the third time, Sanatan Dinda (India) took the title to go alongside his wins in 2014 and 2016.  2nd place was Silke Kirchhoff (Germany) and in third place was Francesca Cavicchio (Italy).


Sanatan Dinda World Brush and Sponge winner

In the World Award Airbrush Bodypainting category sponsored by Kryolan, the winner celebrated her debut victory in Klagenfurt.  Alla Krasnova (Italy) won ahead of Jinra Kim (South Korea) and Veronica Bottigliero (Italy).


Alla Krasnova World Airbrush winner

There was a new world champion in the World Award Special Effects Bodypainting category sponsored by Kryolan with the title going for the first time to a Mexican female, Alejandra Huert Gayol, who won ahead of Houyam Hajlaoui (Belgium), followed by Vilija Vitkute (Sweden), world champion from 2019.


Alejandra Huert Gayol Special Effects Makeup winner

Austria triumphed in the World Award  Facepainting category sponsored by Snazaroo in the WBF 25th anniversary event.  The jury loved this interpretation of the theme “Generation NEXT”.  Congratulations go to Nadja Hluschovsky (Austria) who won ahead of Damayanti Garcia (Mexico) and Wiktoria Wedzicha (Poland).


Nadja Hluchovsky World Facepainting winner

After victory in 2019, the World Champion title in the Team Show category sponsored by Kryolan went again to German duo Claudia Kraemer & Enrico Lein followed by Alex Hansen & Yuri Falzetti (Brazil/ Italy) and Eva-Maria Schulz & Peter Tronser (Germany).


Enrico Lein and Klaudia Kraemer World Team Show winner

Other winners were:  World Award Camouflage Bodypainting sponsored by Base Formula – Olena Semenets (Ukraine); Special Effects Makeup sponsored by Carnival de Las Palmas Gran Canaria – Alejandra Huert Gayol (Mexico); Amateur Award Bodypaint Open sponsored by Carnival de Las Palmas Gran Canaria – Laura Colangelo (Italy); Amateur Award Brush and Sponge sponsored by Vargas – Bibi Jeong (South Korea); Special Award Commercial Rich Makeup sponsored by KODI Professional – Olena Semenets (Ukraine); Special Award Creative Makeup sponsored by XJC Galaxy – Grace Castillejos Iglesias (Spain); and Special Award Makeup Artist Battle sponsored by Mac Pro – Olga Levitskaya (Ukraine)


Alejandra Huert Gayol World SFX Bodypainting winner


Bibi Jeong Amateur brush and sponge winner


Olena Semenets Special Award Commercial Rich Makeup winner


Olga Levitskaya Special Makeup Battle winner


Grace Castillejos Iglesias Special Creative Makeup winner


Laura Colangelo Amateur BP winner

After intensive competition days and a week full of art and colour, models, artists, enthusiastic spectators and fans partied at a lively Silent Disco Afterparty powered by Antenne Kärnten with live sets by Gentleman, Mathea and Greeen, among others.


Festival 2023

For 2023, the Festival’s dates have moved to 26th – 30th September at an indoor venue at the Klagenfurt Expo Messe Arena.  Alongside the Live program, there is a big online event which will be livestreamed during the Festival.  Here is the link to the full schedule –

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All images courtesy of World Bodypainting Festival.  Photocredits: Sarah Eggers, Christian Anders, Patrick Scherling and Daniel Janesche.



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