World’s Best Art Brut & Torment Artists / 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS: KIM, ANSLOW, CHOI, LEE, CHUNG, VILLACORTA, LISBOA, PARK, VRAGOVIC, SODERVICK, HAO & HUR

Thom Bierdz
5 min readNov 1

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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 USA, ENGLAND, PHILIPPINES, BRAZIL, SERBIA & CHINA.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Jenna Kim

My name is Jenna, and I’m currently a senior at Tenafly High School. I’m really grateful for the award, and I hope that my art can reach even more people in the future. Thank you so much for the opportunity and award!

SEE ARTISTS SITES / ARTIST CONTACTS:

1st Place JENNA KIM USA jenna75608@gmail.com “(In)Significance” 18x24” Acrylic on board.

2nd Place PAUL ANSLOW ENGLAND paulusthegnome1@gmail.com “For Crying Out Loud” Digital.

3rd Place — Tie JANICE SUMIN CHOI USA jcsu11218@gmail.com “Self Destruction” 17x14” Acrylic.

3rd Place — Tie JENNA LEE USA artistbonkoo@gmail.com “Self-Destructing Giant” 18x24” Acrylic on canvas.

3rd Place — Tie SYDNEY CHUNG USA kchungpt@gmail.com “Youthful Evanescence” 18x24" Acrylic on board.

4th Place — Tie CELVIC VILLACORTA PHILIPPINES https://www.facebook.com/celvic.villacorta “Absence Of Light” 30x27" Acrylic on crumpled canvas.

4th Place — Tie JOSÉ LISBOA BRAZIL https://www.instagram.com/lisboajose1/?hl=en “Olhares” 60x40x4cm Acrylic paint, crayons, canson paper, graphite, ballpoint pen, gouache.

4th Place — Tie EUGENE LEE USA eugenelee1005@gmail.com “Homebound Wanderer” 18x24" Acrylic on canvas.

5th Place — Tie ZENO PARK USA https://www.instagram.com/zenoartwork/ “Solace” 16x24" Oil on canvas.

5th Place — Tie JELENA VRAGOVIC SERBIA https://www.instagram.com/vragovicart/ “Charging” 70x100cm Oil on canvas.

6th Place — Tie BRUCE SODERVICK USA www.sodusartbank.com “Transfigured Nacht” 56x45” Oil on canvas with varnished vine charcoal.

6th Place — Tie ZHANG HAO CHINA culturesower@163.com “Red Space Three” 190x220cm Oil on canvas.

6th Place — Tie CHRISTINA HUR USA Leshur@gmail.com “Rooted In Fear” 18x24” Acrylic on board.

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.