The Story of Italian Body Artist Anna Chapovalov
I am an Italian makeup and body artist, born in Ukraine, raised in Italy and now living in Texas. Art was always a passion but I ended up studying economics and accounting. A completely different path. As life passed by, I completely forgot about it and put my passion on a hidden drawer in my brain for a long time. Had a family, kids and a regular office job. When I had my first baby, I decided to leave my job to take care of him. When I decided to get back to work, I was still living in Italy and the economy crisis had just hit. It was impossible to find a job. While desperate to understand who I was and what to do with my life, I saw someone looking for a face painter. At that moment I decided to give it a try. I started to learn it from 0, but I really loved it! After 1 year, I decided to try a facepaint competition in Italy and placed 5th. During this event, I saw body painting for the first time. I fell in love! It was like something magic was happening. After that event, I decided that I had to learn how to body paint. I didn’t know any models or anyone available to just try for fun. So I jumped straight into a bodypaint competition. After placing on the top half I felt that maybe I could do it. So I started studying, watching youtube tutorials and doing as many workshops as possible with many amazing artist. From that moment I never stopped. Fast forward, today, body painting is my full-time job and I’m blessed to have achieved many amazing accomplishments that I’d never thought I would and it makes me really proud. The most important of these is definitely having placed 4th at The World Bodypainting championship in Austria 2018. I didn’t expect it. There were around 50 really talented artists from all around the world. I also placed 5th at the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival in South Korea 2017 and first at the Texas Bodypaint Competition (BTC) in 2015.
I mainly specialize in body paint, makeup and creative makeup. I like to transform a person. Either with just a makeup, to help empowering people or for a bodypaint, that can someone feel like a character for a day. I just feel happy helping people. I’m usually well known from the strong colors and quality of my work. People usually say that I am a perfectionist and all my work has an elegant touch. I think that the influence from the Italian art that I lived through all my life reflects in many aspects of how I work and how I see art.
Bodypaint and creative makeup are usually associated with Fashion shows, Commercials, Photoshoots etc. But also many people require my services also just for fun or parties.
Model Cheetah: Alexi Irvine, Ph. Fabio Pliger, Jungle – The Wild Cheetah
Model: Alexi Irvine and Dina Auneau, Ph Fabio Pliger, Jungle – in the Wild
Model Stone bodypaint: Rachael Long, Ph. Fabio Pliger, Timeless Beauty
Model: Maia Del Mazo, Ph. Davide Da Damos, Out Of Reality
Model for Mayan Bodypaint: Betty L. Fox, Ph. Fabio Pliger, Acan – God Of Wine
Model Butterflies: Christine Evans, Ph. Fabio Pliger, Travelling Soul
Model Cristina Benedetti, Ph. Fabiopliger, Eternal Warrior
Model Zebra: Dina Auneau, Ph. Fabio Pliger, Jungle – The Wild Zebra
Model Batman: Dillon Lalor, Ph. Fabio Pliger, Batman – In Honor Of Adam West