It's probably true that contemporary artists aren't original like the classical era painters, but there is plenty that indicates they've still got it going in the body painting genre.
In fact, it wouldn't be outlandish to say that we're currently in the golden period of the art of body painting. Italian artist Guido Daniele's series "Handimals," highlighted in this post, is another case in point.
In this incredible series, Daniele has applied paint to human hands and given them the illusion of animals. Some of his work is so realistic that it's difficult to accept they're not actual animal pictures and just painted hands.
Take a look and then take a bow:
Daniele is basically a hyper-realistic illustrator, but he crossed over into body painting in 1990. It explains the intense attention to detail in his Handimals series.
Animal Planet recognized his work in 2007 by awarding him the Hero of the Year title.