WORLD’S BEST FLORAL NON-REALISM BY MINICHIELLO, RIABCHUK, WULBRECHT, BAGRINTSEVA, ARTASHESYAN, VAN DOORN, BLONDHEIM, FILICHKIN, LYONS & DAMENIA
Floral (non-realism) painters from USA, Lithuania, Russia, Netherlands and Georgia win highest scores in Category 16 of the 2018 AMERICAN ART AWARDS.
This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com), juried by the 25 Best Galleries & Museums In America (listed below), had online art images in 50 categories submitted from artists in 59 countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela.
The 1st Place to 6th Place winners in all 50 categories will be revealed in the news about a category a day — stretching into November, making this one of the longest winner announcements of any art competition in the world.
Kim Minichiello is an internationally recognized award winning artist whose career in art and design has spanned more than 30 years, many of which have been at Walt Disney Imagineering in Florida and California. Through a career in design, she has lived in Paris, on three occasions, and Hong Kong and traveled throughout Southeast Asia as a concept designer for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. “Traveling and experiencing other cultures is truly an inspiration to me. The places I have encountered still speak to me, and while painting I am immediately taken back to a particular place and time, recalling sites, sounds, and fond memories.” Kim’s keen eye for detail and design along with her love of travel and nature drive her passion for painting.
Kim is a member of nine professional painting societies, a signature member of the Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Florida Watercolor Societies, and will be featured in the December 2018 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. She is also the 2019 President of the Florida Watercolor Society. She teaches workshops and private lessons to those who prefer studio work, as well as watercolor plein air sketching & painting. The Art of Disney Gallery, in Florida, represents her plein air work featuring sites at Walt Disney World.
To learn more about Kim and her art please visit her website at KimMinichiello.com.
Oleg Riabchuk: “I learned to keep the brush when I was a child, later studied at the School of Art, University of the Arts in Moscow, a variety of studios, workshops and etc. Today I’m a member of the Lithuanian artist’s society and Lithuanian creator’s association.
“I had a lot of personal and joint exhibitions in different countries. My paintings are purchased by some museums, galleries and collectors from different countries. Most of my paintings are realism, but sometimes I have inspiration to make naive, figurative, impressionism and surrealism.”
CATEGORY 16. FLORAL — NOT REALISTIC
1ST PLACE-TIE KIM MINICHIELLO USA www.KimMinichiello.com “Interlude” 12x12” Watercolor mounted on board and sealed.
1ST PLACE-TIE OLEG RIABCHUK LITHUANIA http://www.oleg-riabchuk.eu/en/ “Farewell To The Sun” 19.7x19.7” Oil on canvas.
2ND PLACE DOREEN WULBRECHT USA www.ArtByDoe.com “Summer Solstice Rose” 43x40” Acrylic on canvas.
3RD PLACE-TIE DARIA BAGRINTSEVA USA www.dariart.com “Opium” 36x48″ Acrylic on canvas.
3RD PLACE-TIE GAYANA ARTASHESYAN RUSSIA email@example.com “Chamomile Dream” 40x50cm Oil on canvas.
4TH PLACE-TIE DOREEN WULBRECHT USA www.ArtByDoe.com “Purple Rain” 33x57” Acrylic on canvas.
4TH PLACE-TIE DAAN VAN DOORN THE NETHERLANDS www.daanvandoorn.com “Tribute To Rachel” 80x90cm Oil on paper.
5TH PLACE-TIE LINDA BLONDHEIM USA www.lindablondheim.com “Tulips” 10x8" Oil on archival panel.
5TH PLACE-TIE TANYA FILICHKIN USA https://tanyafilichkin.artspan.com/ “You Can Not Hold Back Spring” 12x12" Acrylic on canvas.
6TH PLACE-TIE STEVE LYONS USA www.stevelyonsart.com “Summer Garden” 48x36" Acrylic on canvas.
6TH PLACE-TIE ANGELINA DAMENIA GEORGIA www.damenia-philauri.com “Blooming Iris” 80x60cm Oil on canvas.
This year’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:
BEST IN ALABAMA — ALABAMA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
BEST IN ARKANSAS — FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM
BEST IN CALIFORNIA — REVOLVER GALLERY
BEST IN COLORADO — COLORADO FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE
BEST IN FLORIDA — LIK FINE ART MIAMI + LIK FINE ART KEY WEST
BEST IN ILLINOIS — TRICKSTER ART GALLERY
BEST IN KANSAS — BIRGER SANDZEN MEMORIAL GALLERY
BEST IN KENTUCKY — E&S GALLERY
BEST IN LOUISIANA — NEWCOMB ART MUSEUM
BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS — BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY
BEST IN MISSISSIPPI — THE OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART
BEST IN MISSOURI — UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHEOLOGY
BEST IN NEBRASKA — KIECHEL FINE ART
BEST IN NEVADA — THE METROPOLITAN GALLERY OF LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM
BEST IN OHIO — LEE HAYDEN GALLERY
BEST IN OKLAHOMA — JOSEPH GIEREK FINE ART
BEST IN OREGON — JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM of ART
BEST IN PENNSYLVANIA — JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM
BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — MARY MARTIN GALLERY OF FINE ART
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM
BEST IN TEXAS — ART ON 5TH
BEST IN UTAH — THE LEONARDO
BEST IN WASHINGTON — MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART
BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA — WEST VIRGINIA STATE MUSEUM
BEST IN WISCONSIN — MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART
Enter art at www.AmericanArtAwards.com