Cynthia Fleischmann

  Since 2009, Cynthia Fleischmann has been using the naked body as her canvas to capture the connections we have with our world and each other. The interactive process of location scouting, painting and photographing her subjects is organic and natural. As soon as a thin coat of paint is applied, the insecurities and preconceived sexual and cultural notions of nudity dissipate. Cynthia has termed her resulting photographs of this dialogue between her painted subjects merged into a particular environment “Bodypaintography”. Her signature red palms represent the bloodflow that keeps the heart and mind alive, and also brings to mind the hearts that have been stopped due to violence. They are our primal connection to life, death and nature. Cynthia has performed live bodypaintings at the exhibition of Rirkrit Tiravanija at ArtBasel, Switzerland in 2011 and has collaborated with South African activist artist Zanele Muholi. Last year, Cynthia organized and photographed an artistic happening called “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust” during Burning Man, to which 77 volunteers united naked, covered in dust to connect with the desert environment. Bodypaintography has been exhibited at the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, at the Coral Gables Museum and at various art fairs, including: Art Miami, Art Palm Beach, MIA SeaFair and at CaneFair. Cynthia has also been exhibited in Lugano, Switzerland, Dubai, UAE, and in Bad Homburg, Germany. Her commissioned works include bodypaintographies, a sail for Peta, and a mural at the Sign of Life Resort in Bentota, Sri Lanka. Cynthia’s work has been featured in "Best of College & High School Photography 2013" published by Photographer's Forum. She was also awarded a Juror Award of Merit – People/Portraits at the Grand Prix de la Découverte. The University of Miami, FL, USA awarded Cynthia a full scholarship to pursue her Masters in Fine Arts. She has been teaching photography, and expects to graduate in May 2014. She is a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship to teach social awareness through art and photography in the township of Gugulethu, Cape Town, South Africa.