Each May the American Art Awards organization selects the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America, then in autumn these revered art institutions vote on online art to decide the world’s best contemporary artists.
America’s 25 Best Galleries scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 64 countries.
Winners in this category are from USA, SPAIN, NIGERIA, ITALY, PAKISTAN & RUSSIA.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Dan Simoneau was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, where he began formal art classes at 11 and at 13 joined the Androscoggin Valley Art Association as its youngest member ever. By the time Dan was a sophomore in high school, he was exhibiting, winning awards, and selling his paintings in local summer art festivals. In 1980, Dan began studies at the University of Southern Maine. There, he was influenced by artists such as Caravaggio, Chuck Close, Richard Estes, and Philip Pearlstein. Of these artists, the influence of Caravaggio, Close and Pearlstein are still evident. Dan graduated in 1984 with high honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. His majors were painting, pottery, and printmaking; his minor, art history.
Dan has continued exhibiting his work nationally and internationally, winning many awards. His paintings have been published in many national and international publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur and the North Light Books series AcrylicWorks and Splash. He is currently a Signature Master member and the former President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (The Society dissolved in December, 2020). He is also a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, and the National Watercolor Society as well as a Fellow in the American Artists Professional League and recognized as an Art Renewal Center Living Artist for his achievements in realism. He has also been recognized for his achievements by being listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art since 2005.
Dan’s primary subject is light as it falls on objects. The object he uses most to represent light is the male figure. He prefers the male figure due to its musculature and sculptural qualities with its just under the surface tension and strength. Because no person looks like any other person, the multitude of expressions and body positions provides an infinite source of subject matter and inspiration.
Learn more about Dan and see more of his artwork at www.dsimoneau.com.
ARTIST CONTACTS FOR ART COLLECTORS:
Category 10. EROTIC — MALE
1st Place DAN SIMONEAU USA www.dsimoneau.com “Time Traveler” 30x40” Acrylic on canvas. $500.00 4th Highest Score In Contest
2nd Place MANOLO YANES SPAIN www.manoloyanes.com “Dante And Virgil In The Boat Of Charon” 40x60cm Acrylic on canvas.
3rd Place-Tie MANOLO YANES SPAIN www.manoloyanes.com “Eros And Thanatos” 50x80cm Acrylic on gessoed thick cardboard.
3rd Place-Tie IROEGBU PHILIP MADUABUCHI NIGERIA 61x91cm firstname.lastname@example.org “At Sunrise” Charcoal & graphite on paper.
4th Place-Tie LUCA TEDDE ITALY http://www.lucatedde.it “Adam” 59.5x45.4cm Soft pastels on paper.
4th Place-Tie DAN SIMONEAU USA www.dsimoneau.com “Saturn” 24x24” Acrylic on canvas.
4th Place-Tie KATHLEEN WARD USA www.kathleenward.com “A Lover’s Smile” 8x16” Oil on canvas.
5th Place-Tie TOM ELLIS USA email@example.com
“Classical Statue Draped” 18x24” Oil.
5th Place-Tie MICHAEL BINGHAM USA firstname.lastname@example.org
“040621” 13.3x16.6” Digital art using Procreate.
6th Place-Tie SANA ULLAH PAKISTAN email@example.com
“The Descendent Of Man” 22x35" Acrylic on canvas.
6th Place-Tie ESTEBAN CHAVEZ USA http://www.freddaringart.com/ “Sergey N Dome” 12x14" Oil on canvas.
6th Place-Tie ELMIRA SAFINA RUSSIA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Caviar Freedom” 115cm Oil on wood board, polymeric caviar.
Click below to see the relaxing hour-long movie revealing 2021’s hundreds of winning artworks:
Artworks from 59 countries won among the 50 categories: paintings, drawings, photography, digital and sculpture. (Americans won more because Americans entered more since the competition is better known here.)
Number of winners per country: Argentina 1, Australia 12, Belarus 2, Belgium 2, Brazil 3, Bulgaria 2, Canada 30, China 85, Croatia 2, Cyprus 1, Denmark 2, England 2, Finland 1, France 7, Georgia 3, Germany 18, Ghana 1, Greece 3, Hungary 2, Japan 1, India 10, Iran 1, Ireland 1, Israel 1, Italy 14, Kazakhstan 1, Kuwait 2, Latvia 6, Lithuania 27, Macedonia 5, Malaysia 2, Mexico 2, Moldova 1, Morocco 1, Netherlands 3, New Zealand 1, Nigeria 8, Norway 1, Oman 1, Pakistan 1, Philippines 5, Poland 8, Republic Of Korea 12, Romania 2, Russia 45, Serbia 1, South Africa 8, Spain 11, Sweden 3, Taiwan 7, Thailand 1, Turkey 3, Uganda 1, UK 10, Ukraine 5, USA 264, Uzbekistan 1, Zambia 1, Zimbabwe 2.
ART COLLECTORS: all winning images and corresponding contact info of all the artists will soon be uploaded to this page:
2021 Winning Artists — American Art AwardsAmerican Art Awards
America’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums were asked to score about 2,000 works from 64 countries.
This year’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:
BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art
BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Revolver Gallery
BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art
BEST IN FLORIDA: Art Fusion Galleries
BEST IN HAWAII: Sunshine Arts
BEST IN ILLINOIS: Trickster Cultural Center
BEST IN IOWA: Moberg Gallery
BEST IN KANSAS: Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery
BEST IN KENTUCKY: E&S Gallery
BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Sculptors Gallery
BEST IN MISSOURI: Hilliard Gallery
BEST IN MONTANA: Dana Gallery
BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art
BEST IN NEVADA: Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas Art Museum
BEST IN NEW JERSEY: Evalyn Dunn Gallery
BEST IN NEW YORK: LIK SOHO
BEST IN NEW MEXICO: GF Contemporary
BEST IN NORTH CAROLINA: The Arts Council of Fayetteville| Cumberland County
BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum
BEST IN TENNESSEE: Stanford Fine Art
BEST IN TEXAS: Ao5
BEST IN WASHINGTON: Maryhill Museum of Art
BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA: Parkersburg Art Center