TAKAYUKI HARADA, ARUNAS VILKEVICIUS, HAORAN CHANG, SHU YU, SANDRA MACGILLIVRAY, IGNATOV OLEG, JONAS KUNICKAS, KRZYSZTOF KONOPKA, KRYS VON TORNADO
Painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists from 62 countries competed in the most prestigious online art call, AMERICAN ART AWARDS, https://www.americanartawards.com/, where America’s 25 best galleries and museums score art in 50 categories. In this column, I’ll reveal the world’s best contemporary artists of 2020 one category at a time.
Winners in this category are from USA, Lithuania, China, Canada, Russia and Poland.
BIO OF FIRST PLACE WINNER TAKAYUKI HARADA
Mr. Harada was born, raised and educated in Tokyo, Japan and received his degree in Japanese Literature. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. However, he did not pursue his interest in oil painting with real seriousness until, when in his early thirties, he began to travel throughout Europe and the United States. As he visited the many major art museums and art galleries, he was deeply moved and inspired by the beauty of oil painting, especially those of the great masters. Thus began a life-long devotion to the art. At that time he understood very clearly that in order to master painting, he had to first study drawing seriously. For two years he studied only drawing, not working with paint at all during this time. Now his paintings contain accuracy through the academic drawing skills…
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Each May the American Art Awards organization selects the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America, then in autumn these revered art institutions vote on online art to decide the world’s best contemporary artists.
Last month America’s 25 Best Galleries scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 62 countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic Of Korea, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.
COLLECTORS wanting to acquire these pieces or contact the artists can get direct links here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2020-winning-art/
CONTACTS FOR CATEGORY 11. EROTIC — FEMALE
1ST PLACE TAKAYUKI HARADA USA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Natural” 40x30" Oil on canvas.
2ND PLACE-TIE ARUNAS VILKEVICIUS LITHUANIA www.arunasvilkevicius.com “The Rebirth Of The Soul…” 56x38cm Watercolor on paper.
2ND PLACE-TIE ARUNAS VILKEVICIUS LITHUANIA www.arunasvilkevicius.com “Neringa” 56x38cm Watercolor on paper.
3RD PLACE-TIE HAORAN CHANG CHINA email@example.com
“Dream Butterfly” 50x60cm Oil on linen.
3RD PLACE-TIE HAORAN CHANG CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Dream Butterfly-Memory” 50x60cm Oil on linen.
4TH PLACE-TIE SHU YU CHINA https://www.instagram.com/rambow7d/ “Temptation Of Summer” 120cmX92cm Digital.
4TH PLACE-TIE SANDRA MACGILLIVRAY CANADA email@example.com “Window Dressing” 20x30" Acrylic on canvas.
4TH PLACE-TIE IGNATOV OLEG RUSSIA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Seamstress” 100x60cm Oil on canvas.
5TH PLACE-TIE JONAS KUNICKAS LITHUANIA www.jonaskunickas.art “House Of Blue Light" 120x60cm Oil on canvas.
100 ARTICLES and 50 VIDEOS on the 50 CATEGORIES of the 2020 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS will be at this link: https://www.americanartawards.com/press-on-2020-artists/
American Art Awards 25 Best Galleries & Museums for 2020, in alphabetical order of state, who were asked to vote on this year’s art submissions:
California / CODA GALLERY
Colorado / CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM
Delaware / THE DELAWARE CONTEMPORARY
Florida / MAC ART GALLERIES
Georgia / WESTOBOU GALLERY
Illinois / KOMECHAK ART GALLERY
Louisiana / ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY
Kansas / EVA REYNOLDS FINE ARTS
Maine / PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART
Massachusetts / QUIDLEY & COMPANY
Missouri / KEMPER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Nebraska / KIECHEL FINE ART
New Hampshire / ROCHESTER MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
New Jersey / EVALYN DUNN GALLERY
New Mexico / ANDERSON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Ohio / DAYTON ART SOLUTIONS
Oregon / ROGER YOST BAY STREET GALLERY
Philadelphia / PHILAMOCA
South Carolina / MARY MARTIN GALLERIES OF FINE ART
South Dakota / SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM
Utah / LOGAN FINE ART GALLERY
Virginia / LAZARE GALLERY
West Virginia / PARKERSBURG ART CENTER
Wisconsin / THE MADISON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
TAKAYUKI HARADA bio continued:
He is primarily a self taught artist; however, he took some lessons from Eugenia Erittchine who receives his formal education in the Russian schools of art; August Haboush, a well known artist and professor currently teaching in the Bay Area; and others.
Art critic Brian Sherwin commented on artist Takayuki Harada’s paintings, stating, ”Takayuki Harada combines the classical elegance of painting with a contemporary twist. In a sense, his figure paintings offer viewers an open — narrative that is strengthen by his thought-provoking use of lighting. Sherwin added,” These paintings, such as Twilight Melody and A Tranquil Moment, beckon viewers to build upon the sensual mystery that Takayuki Harada provided.
2005 Generation Gallery Group Show
2008 Gallery 1870 Group Show
2012 International Salon GreenHouse Gallery
2013 International Salon GreenHouse Gallery
2015 Oil Painters of America 24th National Juried Show
2016 Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Show
2018 The ARC Salon Exhibition Salmagundi Club New York
2018 The ARC Sotheby’s Los Angeles
2019 The ARC MEAM Museum Barcelona, Spain
2012 Jury’s Top 50 Award International Salon
2013 Finalist BoldBrush Competition July 2013
2014 Finalist the 2013/2014 ARC Salon
2015 Finalist the 2015/2016ARC Salon
2016 Finalist the 2016/2017 ARC Salon
2017 Chair man’s choice 2017/2018 ARC Salon
2018 Finalist the 2018/2019 ARC Salon
I was attracted to impressionistic painting in my twenties. As I visited many museums in my early thirties, I was deeply impressed by the beauty of the classical painting, especially the Italian Renaissance painting in which I observed such skillful drawing techniques. At that time I understood very clearly that in order to master painting, I had to first study drawing seriously. For two years I studied only drawing, not working with paint at all this time. Now my paintings contain accuracy through the academic drawing skills yet have bright impressionistic colors found in modern paintings.
Strong design and vivid color get the viewer’s attention. Detail combined with accurate drawing keeps them in front of my paintings.