2020’S BEST CHARCOAL / INK / PENCIL ARTISTS NAMED BY 25 GALLERIES:

HUI ZHOU, JINGHUI LI, QIANGJIE WU, EUGENE KUPERMAN, JEJOON PARK, KERRY WALKER, GIANNIS VARSAMOUDIS, CHAO YANG

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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 Category 4 are from China, USA, South Korea and Greece.

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BIO OF FIRST PLACE WINNER:

Zhou Hui, member of the American Portrait Association and chairman of the Chinese Pen Painting Association, has been to Germany, France and other European countries many times to hold personal exhibitions. He has been invited to create portraits for German Chancellor Schroeder, French President Chirac, President of the Olympic Committee Rogge and other dignitaries, which have been collected as national gifts.

2005 Solo Exhibition, Chinese Culture Center, Paris.

2006, Solo Exhibition, Berlin, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Germany.

2007 Solo Exhibition, Brussels, Belgium.

2008 Solo Exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands, .

2009 Mannheim Solo Exhibition, Germany. Gold Prize of Shanghai International Artists Exhibition. The 10th American Art Prize, American Art Award. First place in the sketch realism category of the 11th American Art Competition. “The Audubon Artist Award” in the 40th Martha Coonti International Art Competition. Finalist in the 55th Royal Portrait Competition. Works were selected in the 106th International Art Competition of the American Artists Federation. Three works won the American Art Award in the 12th American Art Competition. Finalist in the 2020 Aberdeen Art Exhibition, UK. The Best Works Award of the 2020 Black and White International Art Competition. Finalist in the 107th Annual Exhibition and Grand Prix of the American Artists Federation. The Finalist in the member exhibition of the 107th American Artists Federation 2020.

He has published such monographs as Painting Qingdao, Qingdao Old House, The Charm of Qingdao, Zhou Hui’s Pen Painting and Qingdao under the Nib.

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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.

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COLLECTORS wanting to acquire these pieces or contact the artists can get direct links here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2020-winning-art/

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Enter here: https://www.americanartawards.com/register-to-enter-3/

CONTACTS FOR CATEGORY 4. CHARCOAL/INK/PENCIL — HUMAN FIGURE

1ST PLACE HUI ZHOU CHINA www.artistzhouhui.com
“Xinjiang People Aizimaiti” 22x31" Drawing.

2ND PLACE HUI ZHOU CHINA www.artistzhouhui.com
“A Flute Player” 22x31" Drawing.

3RD PLACE-TIE JINGHUI LI USA jcttt2010@gmail.com
“Watchman” 39.5x27" Ink.

3RD PLACE-TIE QIANGJIE WU CHINA 2369183428@qq.com
“Mourning 2020” 40x35cm Pigment ink on paper.

4TH PLACE-TIE EUGENE KUPERMAN USA www.kuperart.com
“In Contemplation" 24x19” Graphite on Pro Layout Marker Canson Paper.

4TH PLACE-TIE JEJOON PARK SOUTH KOREA bakdadoo1204@gmail.com
“Camino De Santiago” 24x16" Charcoal on board.

5TH PLACE KERRY WALKER USA kerrys.custom.artistry@gmail.com
“The Long Goodbye / Alzheimer’s” 14x17" Graphite on Strathmore paper.

6TH PLACE-TIE GIANNIS VARSAMOUDIS GREECE www.jovarsam@yahoo.gr “Forever Motorcyclist (Inspired By https://500px.com/photo/39676046/pilot-by-bong-santos)" 30.5x45.7cm Charcoal and white pastel on charcoal paper.

6TH PLACE-TIE GIANNIS VARSAMOUDIS GREECE www.jovarsam@yahoo.gr “African Beauty (Inspired By https://ar.pinterest.com/pin/385691155571893006/visual-search/?x=12&y=12&w=397&h=503)" 30.5x45.7cm Charcoal on paper.

6TH PLACE-TIE CHAO YANG CHINA yc2860709@163.com
“Gaze Forward” 46x57cm Drawing on paper.

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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/

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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:

Arizona / EXPOSURES INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF FINE ART

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

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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

MORE INFO ON THIS YEAR’S WINNERS

HOW TO ENTER

OR GET AN OFFICIAL GALLERY RATING: www.AmericanArtAwards.com

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORs, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 10 new books (6 volumes of art). President of www.americanartawards.com

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