World’s Best Digital Artists / 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS: LOGGER, CHOI, ORTIZ, GLANDARIUS, MORPHEUS, PAUL, KARAMPALASIS, PUD, SOH, BANNON, LAVENDAR & HAESPI

Thom Bierdz
6 min readNov 5

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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 GAMBIA, USA, GERMANY, UKRAINE, INDIA, GREECE, RUSSIA & SWITZERLAND.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER:

My name is Heyon Choi, and I am an 11th grader attending Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts. Fine arts has been core to my identity since I was a young child, and as a high school student, I have been honing digital art skills. My style is a fusion of digital and analog media and techniques.

As an artist, I attempt to change our view of the world by inserting a vastly different timeframe in our consciousness. Thematically, I have been fascinated by world-building — the art of constructing fictional worlds. I am particularly interested in building worlds in the distant future, where nature is the protagonist. Our view of the world and our capacity to imagine the future are limited by the timespan in which we think. We are hyper-fixated on matters that are here and now, while our perception of the future is hopelessly low-resolution beyond just a few decades. Do we have the capacity to imagine the world beyond a few hundred years? How will our interactions with nature develop over time? These are questions that I investigate as an artist and invite the viewers of my artworks to explore.

ARTISTS’ CONTACTS / SEE MORE OF THE ARTISTS’ WORKS:

1st Place JOOP LOGGER GAMBIA www.jolocreative.com “Black Golden Blue Lady” 75x100cm Mixed & digital on canvas.

1st Place HEYON CHOI USA heyonchoi.ss@gmail.com “Their Possible Future” 16x28” Digital.

2nd Place — Tie LOLLIE ORTIZ USA www.lollieortizartgallery.com “Mona Lisa Time” 14x36" Manipulated digital photo print.

2nd Place — Tie GARRULUS GLANDARIUS GERMANY www.garrulus-glandarius.de “Vocatio Temporum” 61x91cm Digital work. Giclée print on paper.

2nd Place — Tie MATTHEW MORPHEUS (SERHII MATVEICHENKO) UKRAINE https://mrmatthewmorpheus.crevado.com “New World Order” Digital art.

3rd Place — Tie RITA PAUL INDIA https://www.instagram.com/ritzpaul/ “Rescue Me Please” 40x40cm Digital painting.

3rd Place — Tie SAVVAS KARAMPALASIS GREECE https://www.artstation.com/savvas_karampalasis “Humanity’s Parody” Digital.

4th Place — Tie AFANASSY PUD RUSSIA https://www.facebook.com/afanassy.pud “Mistress Of Mechanisms” Digital.

4th Place — Tie JIWOO SOH USA artistbonkoo@gmail.com “Dancing Girl 01” 36x24” Digital art.

5th Place — Tie KAREN BANNON USA www.Karenbannonphotography.com “Gods Saving Grace” 1536x2042px Photo manipulated in digital.

5th Place — Tie DIAMANTE LAVENDAR USA http://www.diamante-lavendar.pixels.com “A Grateful Heart” Mixed media digital art.

6th Place — Tie TOM HAESPI SWITZERLAND https://www.tomhaespi.art “Tree Of Love” 706x1023px Digital.

6th Place — Tie LOLLIE ORTIZ USA www.lollieortizartgallery.com “Peek-A-Boo Chairs” 14x36" Representational digital graphic art illustration.

6th Place — Tie AFANASSY PUD RUSSIA https://www.facebook.com/afanassy.pud “Mating Games Of Martian Ostriches” Digital.

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.