World’s Best Contemporary Spiritual Art: TAKACHE, USAI, DONSKOI, KOO, PESIC GROZDANOV, PURUSHOTHAMAN, COPSEY, BYUN, OLACO, PICCOLA SMITH, NATOLI / 2022 AMERICAN ART AWARDS Winners

20 of USA’s Best Galleries & Museums vote in the AMERICAN ART AWARDS, arguably the most prestigious online art competition. In 2022, painters, sketchers, digital artists, photographers and sculptors from 69 countries submitted JPEGs for the 50 categories — to win gallery affiliation, career launch, high scores, great press and/or $5,000 in prizes.

Here are the winners in CATEGORY 38, RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL.

1st Place Bio: Hicham Husain Takache.

1960: Canadian Lebanese Artist, self-taught, presently lives with his family in Nabatieh, Lebanon.

Received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University in 1982, then in 2006 he moved to Lebanon, attended night classes at Ontario University of Arts in Toronto for four years.

Hicham Takache is an artist who displays a unique sensitivity and enthusiasm in his work which demonstrates the artistic adroitness inherited from Nabatieh, a quaint mountain town in South Lebanon that inspired many local artists.

Hicham’s paintings have been exhibited in Lebanon, Toronto, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Kansas City and Montreal.
He continues to perpetuate the magnificent tradition of classic art from his studio, the art that links the present to the past and invokes in us a sense of mystery and splendor.

In Lebanon Hicham presented his art in two solo exhibits (2008 & 2013) and he organized many annual group exhibitions starting 2015 onwards.
He also established a group of local artists to properly advance art awareness in his community. Lately, Hicham’s art was displayed in Paris, Jordon and Ankara. www.facebook.com/hicham.takache

1st Place Bio: RAFFAELLA USAI

I was born in the beautiful Sardinia island. Art enthusiast from a very young age, early in my life I had my first contact with colors and canvases. After much travelling, I met the man who would become my husband. We got married and I moved to Florence, the place of origin of the Italian Renaissance and the cradle of great artists. It is exactly in Florence that my artistic growth is taken to the next level.
I began to paint martial artists, samurai, geishas’, sport celebrities and more, and got important commissions both in Italy and abroad. I’m specialized in realistic portraits and express my best in acrylics. www.raffaellausai.com

CONTACTS — — — — — CATEGORY 38. RELIGIOUS / SPIRITUAL

1ST PLACE — TIE HICHAM H. TAKACHE CANADA www.facebook.com/hicham.takache “Mecca In 1887” 60x80” Oil on canvas.

1ST PLACE — TIE RAFFAELLA USAI ITALY www.raffaellausai.com “St. Michael Archangel” 95x120cm Acrylic on linen.

2ND PLACE — TIE RAFFAELLA USAI ITALY www.raffaellausai.com “Copy Of Madonna Del Latte By Defendente Ferrari” 79x110cm Acrylic linen.

2ND PLACE — TIE ALEXANDER DONSKOI CANADA www.AlexanderDonskoi.com “Navigator” 142x107cm Oil on canvas.

3RD PLACE — TIE BON KOO USA artistbonkoo@gmail.com “Jungle Prayer” 72x36” Oil on canvas.

3RD PLACE — TIE DIVNA PESIC GROZDANOV MACEDONIA www.divnapesic.com “Rebellion” 40x30” Oil on canvas.

3RD PLACE — TIE DIVNA PESIC GROZDANOV MACEDONIA www.divnapesic.com “Rising Again” 24x36” Oil on canvas.

4TH PLACE — TIE CHAITALI V.PURUSHOTHAMAN INDIA cv.artist.painter@gmail.com “Healing Art — Praying Is Attracting Positivity, Strength And Faith Through The Divine Energies” 36x24” Acrylic on canvas connecting art with glow in the dark.

4TH PLACE — TIE KATHY S “WHITEBEAR” COPSEY USA www.kathycopsey.com “Dancing Under The Blessings Of Hawks” 24x20” Acrylic paint & ink with texture on canvas.

5TH PLACE — TIE JIYOO BYUN SOUTH KOREA byunjiyoo03546@branksome.asia “Light In My Palms” 6x8” Acrylic paint.

5TH PLACE — TIE MEDARDO S. OLACO PHILIPPINES medardoolaco@gmail.com “Mother’s Love Always” 24x32” Acrylic on canvas.

6TH PLACE — TIE JACKQUELYNE PICCOLA SMITH USA pkm_rose@yahoo.com “The Last Supper” 30x108” Yarn, framed in three pieces due to length.

6TH PLACE — TIE MARIA NATOLI USA www.natolifineart.com “Sleeping Baby Angel” 16x12” Canvas, oil painting.

100 ARTICLES on the 50 CATEGORIES of the 2022 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS will be here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2022-press-on-artists/

COLLECTORS wanting to acquire these pieces or contact the artists can get direct links here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2022-winning-artists/

This is the 14th anniversary for the American Art Awards organization which selects the 20 Best Galleries and Museums each May, who decide the world’s best artists in Autumn.

American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2022, in alphabetical order of state, who were asked to vote on art submissions:

BEST IN ARIZONA — Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

BEST IN ARKANSAS — Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

BEST IN CALIFORNIA — Exclusive Collections Galleries

BEST IN COLORADO — Mirada Fine Art

BEST IN DELAWARE — The Delaware Contemporary

BEST IN FLORIDA — MAC Art Galleries

BEST IN GEORGIA — Westobou Gallery

BEST IN HAWAII — Sunshine Arts

BEST IN INDIANA — Lubeznik Center for the Arts

BEST IN LOUISIANA — Arthur Roger Gallery

BEST IN MICHIGAN — LaFontsee Galleries

BEST IN MISSOURI — Hilliard Gallery

BEST IN NEBRASKA — Kiechel Fine Art

BEST IN NEW HAMPSHIRE — Rochester Museum of Fine Arts

BEST IN NEW MEXICO — Blue Rain Gallery

BEST IN NEW YORK — Center for Exploratory & Perceptual Arts

BEST IN OREGON — Bronze Coast Gallery

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — South Dakota Art Museum

BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA — West Virginia State Museum

Among other criteria, gallery & museum selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online interest, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.

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

or get a gallery to rate and price your work: https://www.americanartawards.com/gallery-ratings/

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books (6 volumes of art). President of American Art Awards