Can you spot these masters of disguise? Stunning pictures show incredible landscape body art

At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking these were just pictures of pretty landscapes, but take a close look and you’ll realise all is not as it seems.

Hidden amongst the pictures are a series of nude models painted to blend so seamlessly into their surroundings it’s almost impossible to spot them.

Painted into rocks using body paints and raw pigments in Valley of Fire, Nevada

Painted into rocks using body paints and raw pigments in Valley of Fire, Nevada

From a woman disguised as a tree to another as a rock or cactus, the models have been painted by talented artist Filippo Ioco, 47, so they appear completely camouflaged against a series of idyllic landscapes.

So far, the artist from Switzerland has created stunning works in locations such as San Juan Island National Historical Park, in Puerto Rico, Cala Rossa in Sicily, Italy, and Point Dume-Zuma Beach, in California, USA.

Painted as a rock using body paints and died shag rug at Malibu, CA

Painted as a rock using body paints and died shag rug at Malibu, CA

Using water based paints, raw pigments, clays, dirt, and foods, each masterpiece takes between an hour and eight hours to complete.

Creative Filippo – who has been putting on fine art exhibitions since a young age – wants to travel to Alaska or Antarctica, where he hopes to carry out his next landscape body art adventure before the ice caps melt.

Painted into rocks using body paints and raw pigments in Valley of Fire, Nevada

Painted into rocks using body paints and raw pigments in Valley of Fire, Nevada

He said: “I started developing an interest for the nude human body, but did not know how to utilise this interest, until one day I came up with the idea to camouflage bodies into my fine art.

“Body painting is not just another fashion shot; it is much more in every sense of the word.

Painted into a tree using body paints in Dry Forest in Piones, Puerto Rico

Painted into a tree using body paints in Dry Forest in Piones, Puerto Rico

“After camouflaging models into my fine art I started looking towards other concepts and landscapes made sense.

“I have always been a nature freak. I love everything about nature.

Painted into sand stone using body paints at Blacks Beach in San Diego, CA

Painted into sand stone using body paints at Blacks Beach in San Diego, CA

“A body painting can take anywhere from an hour up to eight hours if not more – it really depends on the detail of the work and how fast and efficient you are.

“I use all kinds of materials that are safe to be applied to the skin.

“I use paint brushes, sponges, my hands and anything that will give me the effect I am looking for.

Painted into rocks using body paints at Cala Rossa in Sicily, Italy

Painted into rocks using body paints at Cala Rossa in Sicily, Italy

“Painting trees and rocks is probably the most difficult to paint because, from afar, a tree or rock can appear as one color, but up close, it is comprised of many colors and shades.

“Through my career and body of work, I have noticed that most gravitate towards the landscapes. It is what we all understand and relate to.”