World’s Best Contemporary Watercolorists: PANIS, ZHAI, VILKEVICIUS, LOCKMAN, SUN, DOGAN, DURAND, BANERJEE, KOLIESNIK, CHANG / 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 3, WATERCOLOR — FIGURE.

1st Place Bio: Mario Panis

Mario Panis graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. He worked briefly as an in-house artist for a financial services company. In 1993, he decided to devote his time fully to painting of portraits, human figure as well as landscapes. He is known in the local art scene for his realist works.

His paintings in various media (pastel, oil and watercolor), have won local and international acclaim, notably from the Portrait Society of America, Pastel Society of America and Spanish Pastel Society (Pintores Pastelistas Espanoles).

In 2019, he was elected as a signature artist of the Pastel Society of America. He is a member of Art Wednesday and Tuesday Group in the Philippines, Portrait Society of America and Pastel Society of America.

If he is not in his studio, he would most likely be be found restoring old school BMX bikes (from the ‘80s), cars and mini motorcycles in his basement garage. He also competes in downhill mountain bike races. The artist lives in Marikina City, Philippines, with his wife and two children. https://www.facebook.com/people/Mario-Panis-Visual-Artist/100063618854586/

CONTACTS — — — — — CATEGORY 3. WATERCOLOR / FIGURE

1ST PLACE MARIO PANIS PHILIPPINES https://www.facebook.com/people/Mario-Panis-Visual-Artist/100063618854586/ “Upholstery Man 22”x29″ Watercolor on Arches paper.

2ND PLACE — TIE YANQI ZHAI CHINA www.yqzart.com “Old Coachman Azati” 76x56cm Watercolor on paper.

2ND PLACE — TIE ARUNAS VILKEVICIUS LITHUANIA www.arunasvilkevicius.com “In The Whirlpool Of Thoughts” 57x38cm Watercolor.

3RD PLACE — TIE QUINN LOCKMAN CANADA quinnlockman.com “Capture A Moment” 11x14” Watercolour on cold press watercolour paper.

3RD PLACE — TIE YUQIAN SUN CHINA http://www.yuqiansun.com “Artificial Fairies №5: Please Don’t Go” 18x24” Watercolor, ink on paper.

4TH PLACE — TIE ATANUR DOGAN CANADA www.doganart.com “Mother Teresa” 70x100cm Waatercolor on paper.

4TH PLACE — TIE ARUNAS VILKEVICIUS LITHUANIA www.arunasvilkevicius.com “Emotions” 83x81cm Watercolor.

5TH PLACE — TIE GILLES DURAND FRANCE http://www.gillesdurand.fr “Reaching High” 36x46cm Watercolor, paper.

5TH PLACE — TIE MADHUMEETA BANERJEE INDIA www.madhumeetaarteducation.com “Royal Elegance” 38x52cm Watercolor.

6TH PLACE — TIE OLENA KOLIESNIK UKRAINE https://www.tricera.net/artist/painters/8107335 “Life” 38x29cm Watercolor on paper.

6TH PLACE — TIE IRIS CHANG USA hyesyoo@gmail.com “Shadow Of Me” 11x15” Watercolor on paper.

More winners from USA because more entered from USA.

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 on art. President of WAA & AAA.