Miami artist paints nude models to resemble landscapes

Coconut Grove artist Cynthia Fleishmann has painted landscapes of Wynwood, lush forests and South Florida beaches — all on the naked bodies of male and female models.

On Wednesday, March 15, the 180-acre Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami will become Fleishmann’s muse during “Bodypaintography,” an all-ages event that’s part of the museum’s Gardens by Moonlight series. Fleischman specializes in turning nude subjects into canvases, camouflaging the painted models with the colors of nearby scenery.

Fleishmann says she plans to paint models posing with Vizcaya’s native coral rock, the staircases of Villa Vizcaya and the surrounding orchid garden.

But why naked? “It’s nothing sexual,” Fleishmann says in a recent phone interview. “It’s a challenge for people to accept their bodies as a work of art. A thin layer of paint gives a new confidence and liberation, a transformation. I want the [body-painted models] to create a dialogue, a connection between themselves and nature, because I think humanity has lost touch with the environment.”

“Bodypaintography” will take place 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., in Miami. Tickets cost $6-$20. Call 305-250-9133 or go to Vizcaya.org.

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