Incredible body art that looks like a chameleon but is actually two painted women

We all know chameleons are good at hiding, but this clever reptile – which is actually two painted women – might be the ultimate master of disguise.

This incredible body art, by talented artist Johannes Stötter, shows a vibrantly coloured chameleon resting on a juicy green branch.

The Italian artist created this piece, entitled ‘The Chameleon’, by transforming two naked models into an optical illusion inspired by the colour-shifting creature.

talented artist Johannes Stötter designs incredible body art

talented artist Johannes Stötter designs incredible body art

Having previously transformed his models into frogs and parrots, this may be the 37 year old’s most intricate and impressive piece to date.

Johannes, from a small Alpine town between the Italian/ Austrian border, used water-based body painting colours for this piece.

Painting a piece can take him anywhere from two to seven hours – but planning, preparing, designing backgrounds and making headpieces can sometimes require weeks.

Beleive it or not, this piece, entitled 'The Chameleon', is actually two painted women

Beleive it or not, this piece, entitled ‘The Chameleon’, is actually two painted women

He said: “I worked about 4 days to design the motive bigger and paint it with colours. The body painting took me about 6 hours with the help of an assistant.

“I covered the hair with natural clay to make the heads look bald.

The body art is created by transforming two naked models into an optical illusion

The body art is created by transforming two naked models into an optical illusion

“There are different difficulties on different levels as in every work, but I think that my passion and love to my work is so big, that I figure out a way to deal with difficulties.

“My main inspirations are nature, my personal life-philosophy, every-day-life and people themselves.

Johannes used water-based body painting colours for this piece

Johannes used water-based body painting colours for this piece

One thing that is unique about this medium of art, compared to a traditional painting, is its short life span. A body painting often only exists for a few hours before being washed off, with only photographs as reminders.

Johannes said: “I think that body painting is a good way to learn to let something go, to separate from something. That happens again and again in life and it is good to be able to handle with it.

“Also the fast end of the artwork makes us perceive it in a much more intensive way.”