WORLD ART AWARDS Winners In Pop: RESKE, MAAS, MONICA, SAFAR, ROBIN, JAION, LIEBENOW, LEE, MITROFANOVA, NELSON & RAHIMI

Thom Bierdz
6 min readJun 28, 2023

The WORLD ART AWARDS winners in CATEGORY 30: POP live in GERMANY, USA, ITALY, FRANCE, CANADA, RUSSIA & IRAN.

Artists from 79 countries competed in the 2023 WORLD ART AWARDS where 20 of the most revered galleries in the world were sent online images to score in drawing, painting, sculpture, digital and photography.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Susanne Reske

“I do not only paint what is recognizable at first glance, I also paint the story behind the external appearance.”

Susanne Reske is a contemporary abstract and pop art mixed media artist who has won national and international art awards. She lives at the Lake of Constance / Germany.

In addition to studying social pedagogy, she completed her studies in fine arts. Among other things, the artist creates contemporary portraits that contain a distinctive style between figuration and abstraction. Susanne Reske is interested in the history, the biography and the individual personality of the person to be depicted. This researched knowledge flows into her large-format portraits as colored expression and emotion through various techniques.

Her works of art are thus not an exclusive depiction of reality, but at the same time an expression of what is hidden behind the first impression. Influenced by her social pedagogical studies, her contemporary works also deal with socially critical, ecological and female specific topics of the present and the past.

In her paintings she often works with acrylic, graphite, tissue paper, paper and experiments freely with different textures. Her works are shown in national and international solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad. www.atelier-kunst-fluss.de

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Joey Maas is a prolific neo pop artist based in Palm Springs, California. Maas’ early artistic influences stem from his love of 1980’s design, fashion, and skateboarding, in particular, the work of Patrick Nagel, Swatch watches, Memphis style design, and shopping malls. Maas spent most of the 90’s and early 2000’s touring as a musician in punk and post-punk bands, but in 2008, he decided to leave the touring life to focus on visual art.

All works are hand painted acrylic on wood panel, with a top coat of UV resistant crystal clear epoxy resin. Maas’ work has attracted collectors worldwide, including members of Mastadon, The Go-Go’s, TSOL, Slipknot, Johanna Went, Gala Darling, David Oman, and more.

Joey Maas’ work has also appeared on local and national television programs such as Ghost Adventures, KTLA CW News, Los Angeles, Portlandia, and KCAL CBS News, Los Angeles, as well as a solo exhibit for the red carpet premiere of House At The End Of The Drive (2013) www.joeymaas.com

ART COLLECTORS — CONTACT THE WINNERS HERE:

CATEGORY 30. POP ART

1ST PLACE — TIE SUSANNE RESKE GERMANY https://www.atelier-kunst-fluss.de “Bathing Women II” 35x35" Mixed media on canvas (acrylic, graphite, tissue paper).

IST PLACE — TIE JOEY MAAS USA www.joeymaas.com “The Astromancer” 36x36" Acrylic and resin on wood panel.

2ND PLACE — TIE JOEY MAAS USA www.joeymaas.com “Mila Jovovich” 36x36" Acrylic and resin on wood panel.

2ND PLACE — TIE ZORZI MONICA ITALY “Boo” 30x24cm Composizione digitale.

3RD PLACE — TIE MATHIEU SAFAR FRANCE https://www.artmajeur.com/mathieu-safar “Milky Way — Eridan” 143x120cm Digital art.

3RD PLACE — TIE AGNÈS ROBIN CANADA https://www.agnesrobin.com “Perchoir Royal 1” 60x40" Acrylic and mixed mediums on wood panel.

4TH PLACE — TIE ALLEN JAION USA www.AllenJaion.com “Playboy Cardi B” 60x72" Acrylic on canvas.

4TH PLACE — TIE PEGGY LIEBENOW GERMANY www.peggy-liebenow.de “Gelassenheit / Abstrakt Nr. 1455” 40x60cm Acrylic on canvas.

5TH PLACE — TIE SUL LEE LEE USA www.sulleelee.com “Chair 1” 24x24" Plastic chair & oil and acrylic paint on canvas.

5RD PLACE — TIE ELENA MITROFANOVA RUSSIA www.lenamitrofanova.ru “Instinct” 80x110cm Oil on canvas.

6TH PLACE — TIE CHRISTIAN NELSON USA “Monsterian Warrior” 9x16” Digital.

6TH PLACE — TIE ALI RAHIMI IRAN “Woman With Pomegranates” 60x60cm Oil on canvas.

Art collectors can see hundreds of winning images and contact info to all 50 CATEGORIES of winning artworks:

In 2023, WORLD ART AWARDS had submissions from these 79 countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chili, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tobago, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The World Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2023 who were asked to score art:

BEST IN ITALY: LE GALLERIE DEGLI UFFIZI

BEST IN FRANCE: THE MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE LYON

BEST IN CANADA: VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

BEST IN THE UNITED KINGDOM: WOLVERHAMPTON ART GALLERY

BEST IN HUNGARY: KOLLER GALLERIA

BEST IN ISRAEL: CHELOUCHE GALLERY FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

BEST IN LATVIA: GALERIJA ROMAS DARZS

BEST IN CHINA & HONG KONG: DE SARTHE GALLERY

BEST IN SWEDEN: WETTERLING GALLERY

BEST IN ARMENIA: EDVARD ISABEKYAN GALLERY

BEST IN GHANA: THE SAVANNAH CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

BEST IN ZAMBIA: THE HENRY TAYALI ART GALLERY

BEST IN DENMARK: GALLERY POULSEN

BEST IN BELGIUM: SHOOBIL GALLERY

BEST IN USA: CODA

BEST IN TAIWAN: 1839 CONTEMPORARY GALLERY

BEST IN SPAIN: GALERIA AZUR

BEST IN THAILAND: LA LANTA FINE ART

BEST IN PORTUGAL: BALCONY CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY

BEST IN AUSTRIA: GALERIE BRUNNHOFER

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Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.