World’s Best Abstract Expressionists / 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS: PARASCHIV, BLACK, CHO, SONG, PESIC GROZDANOV, FILICHKIN, POWELL, THOMAS, HICHAM, TING, SASAKI & STEELE

Thom Bierdz
5 min readNov 1, 2023

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Artists from 72 countries competed in the 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS. Twenty of the most revered galleries in the USA were sent around 2,000 online images to score in drawing, painting, sculpture, digital and photography. The 300+ winning works, 1st to 6th Place (and ties) in all 50 categories, can be seen in this series of articles.

USA’s top galleries decided winners in every medium: oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, realism, impressionism, naïve, abstract, expressionism, human figure, animal, landscape, fantasy, surrealism, pop, portrait, self-portrait, political, erotic, cubism, floral, humor, spiritual, etc..

Art collectors can see all the winning images and corresponding contact info to the best contemporary artists in the world here: https://americanartawards.com/2023-winning-artists-american-art-awards/

Winners in this category are from ROMANIA, CANADA, USA, MACEDONIA, NETHERLANDS, MOROCCO, CHINA & TAIWAN.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Bianca Paraschiv.

The 25 year-old is a professional artist who expresses herself plastically through painting and graphic arts. She graduated the National University of Arts in Bucharest — BA in Painting 2020 and Master called “Strategies of plastic representation in Painting” -2022. She has participated in almost 70 group art exhibitions organized by well-known galleries and museums in the country and abroad, events in the form of salons, biennials or galas in art competitions. So far, the artist has had three personal art exhibitions. The subjects that inspire her the most are philosophy, psychology and architecture. She combines graphic arts with painting. In the last two years, Bianca has won 17 international and national art awards and recognitions in Italy, Spain, USA, England, Belgium and Romania. Her artworks and collaborations have appeared in numerous art catalogues and magazines in the country and abroad. https://bianca-paraschiv.com/

SEE ARTISTS SITES / ARTIST CONTACTS:

1st Place BIANCA PARASCHIV ROMANIA https://bianca-paraschiv.com/ “Solitude” 140x100cm Acrylic, oil, canvas.

2nd Place — Tie SAMANTHA BLACK CANADA www.blackworksart.com 120x80cm “Looking Deeper” Mixed medium, oil, canvas.

2nd Place — Tie SUNHEE CHO USA sunheecho2005@gmail.com “Graceful Fish” 24x12" Acrylic on Masonite board.

3rd Place — Tie ETHAN SONG USA artistbonkoo@gmail.com “New Generation” 16x20” Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas.

3rd Place — Tie DIVNA PESIC GROZDANOV MACEDONIA https://www.divnapesic.com/ “In The Shadow Of The Cobra” 40x50” Oil.

4th Place — Tie TANYA FILICHKIN USA https://tanyafilichkin.artspan.com/ “Sailing” 9.5x11.5” Acrylic on paper

4th Place — Tie RICHARD POWELL USA www.Artinyourcart.com “Us” 48x60” Acrylic on canvas.

4th Place — Tie GLENN THOMAS THE NETHERLANDS www.glennthomas.eu “Perhaps Not” 50x57cm Acrylic on panel.

5th Place — Tie TOUARASS HICHAM MOROCCO https://www.touarassart.com “Love” 80x60cm Oil on canvas.

5th Place — Tie HUANG TING CHINA culturesower@163.com “Hidden Deer” 150x200cm Acrylic on canvas.

5th Place — Tie BIANCA PARASCHIV ROMANIA https://bianca-paraschiv.com/ “Freedom” 165x115cm Acrylic, oil, canvas.

6th Place — Tie COCOMI SASAKI TAIWAN https://youtube.com/@cocominandesu “Beauty Of Withering Flowers” 91x73cm Paper and acrylic on canvas.

6th Place — Tie LINDA STEELE USA www.facebook.com/LindaSteeleOriginals “Nebula #6” 18x24” Acrylic on canvas.

In 2023, AMERICAN ART AWARDS had submissions from these 72 countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Tobago, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Viet Nam, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

USA’s 20 Best Galleries & Museums who were asked to score online art in 2023 were:

American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2023, in alphabetical order:

BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Sparks Gallery

BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art

BEST IN FLORIDA: MAC Art Galleries

BEST IN GEORGIA: Black Art In America™ (BAIA)

BEST IN INDIANA: Gallery Forty-Two

BEST IN KANSAS: CityArts

BEST IN KENTUCKY: KMAC Contemporary Art Museum

BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

BEST IN MAINE: Clarke Gallery

BEST IN MONTANA: Cawdrey Gallery

BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art

BEST IN NEVADA: Elena Bulatova Fine Art

BEST IN NEW MEXICO: Thornwood Gallery

BEST IN NEW YORK: Gallery 23 NY

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art

BEST IN TEXAS: Ao5 Gallery

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum

BEST IN VERMONT: Helmholz Fine Art

BEST IN WYOMING: Gallery Wild

American Art Awards https://www.americanartawards.com/ annually awards 20 museums and/or galleries, who agree to score art and award nearly 300+ deserving contemporary artists from 60+ countries: painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists.

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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.