World’s Best Naïve Figurists: BUEV, BRENNAN, KIM, MACIA, YU, LYNN, LEIGH, XUE, SUPPLE, LEE, NAIK / 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 26, NAIVE — FIGURE.

1st Place Bio: Valeriu

After graduating University where I studied art I began my career as a book designer and during ten years illustrated many books, posters and other publications. Later I decided to try oil painting and since 2001 as a free lance artist I began regularly expose artworks art galleries in Europe, USA and Australia. https://www.facebook.com/valeriu.buev/

1st Place Bio: William Francis Brennan

Born in 1949 in Massachusetts / USA, he started painting at age 10 and continued all his life long as a self-taught artist.

1970–1980 he lived in Toronto/Canada.

In 1980 he moved to San Francisco, CA and worked as a freelanced artist, handyman and restored furniture. He resided there for 28 years. During the years 2001–2008 he extended his creative work: He built furniture out of driftwood, designed and built the stage sets of the theatre project ‘Behind closed doors’ and painted several murals.

Since August 2008 he lives and works as an artist permanently in Berlin, Germany and later in the suburbs near Berlin. His ‘Berlin-work’ is dominated by colorful playfulness and freshness. He often does not remain within one style. From painting to painting / from work group to work group it can happen that he “… bounces around„ within impressionism, expressionism, realism and pop art.” He prefers keeping himself flexible, versatile and experimental and having fun with painting.

Many abstract compositions are developed through intuitive experience of colors and contrasts, are defined through an expressionistic variety of colors and many abstract compositions are often the result of an experimental artistic journey.

William often prefers not to title his painting… “a name / a title is reducing a painting, … is manipulating the viewer …”. The viewer has the opportunity to play with the own imagination…. there is a lot to see, to explore and to find within his paintings. “Often I like to suggest or spark an idea / a thought … and leave the conclusion up to the viewer. In that process I can direct the attention of the viewer to whatever it is…. / guide the viewer’s thoughts …”

Over the years he participated internationally in several group- duo- and solo exhibitions and his paintings are sold within the USA and Canada, to Japan and within Europe, and received many awards for his artistic work. www.william-francis-brennan.com

CONTACTS — — — — — CATEGORY 26. NAÏVE ART / HUMAN FIGURE

1ST PLACE — TIE VALERIU BUEV MOLDOVA https://www.facebook.com/valeriu.buev/ “Luisa” 90x60cm Oil on canvas.

1ST PLACE — TIE WILLIAM FRANCIS BRENNAN GERMANY www.william-francis-brennan.com “Players” 90x90cm Oil on canvas.

2ND PLACE SEOHYUN KIM USA yjlee3121@gmail.com “On The Way To Market” 60.5x30.5cm Acrylic on board.

3RD PLACE — TIE ARTURO A. MACIA USA heyimart@gmail.com “Butterfly Island” 10x14” Marker on 140 pound paper.

3RD PLACE — TIE SHU YU CHINA rambow3d@163.com “Parallel Universe” 210x150cm Digital painting, giclee print.

4TH PLACE — TIE LINZI LYNN USA/UK www.linzilynn.com “Christina’s Dream” 60x48” Acrylic on canvas.

4TH PLACE — TIE 5WILLIAM FRANCIS BRENNAN GERMANY www.william-francis-brennan.com “Yellow Bird” 130x150cm Oil on canvas.

5TH PLACE — TIE WILLIAM FRANCIS BRENNAN GERMANY www.william-francis-brennan.com “Where is Mr. Peskow?” 130x150cm Oil on canvas.

5TH PLACE — TIE WESLEY LEIGH USA wesleyleigh@aol.com “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” 18x24” Oil pastel crayons on canvas.

6TH PLACE — TIE CHU XUE CHINA zhao_zj@msn.com “Ancient Pleasure” 55x48cm Soft pastel on paper.

6TH PLACE — TIE GREGORY SUPPLE USA Supplelaw.fineartstudio.com “The Red M et” 15x12” Watercolor on Arches paper.

6TH PLACE — TIE HAENA LEE SOUTH KOREA haena050113@gmail.com “Fourth Industrial Revolution” Watercolor.

6TH PLACE — TIE ASHA NAIK UK ashaanilnaik@aol.com “Village Scene” 24x30” Oil and acrylic on canvas.

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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