World’s Best Naïve Figure Painters Named By America’s 25 Best Galleries: KUZMINA, YU, REGANATO, REUTER, SKALTSOUNIS, MACHIT, SKUGINNA, BRENNAN, HUANG & SURPRIS/ 2021 AMERICAN ART AWARDS

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 Best Galleries & Museums scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 64 countries.

Winners in this category are from RUSSIA, CHINA, USA, BRAZIL, GERMANY, TAIWAN & HAÏTI.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER:

Ekaterina Kuzmina is a Russian painter, a member of the Union of Russian Artists, a member of the Eurasian Art Union, a permanent participant in exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Works are in private collections in Russia, Italy, China. Favorite direction in painting is symbolism.

ARTIST CONTACTS FOR ART COLLECTORS:

Category 26. NAÏVE ART — HUMAN FIGURE

1st Place EKATERINA KUZMINA RUSSIA https://www.instagram.com/katlovepaint “Seasons” 100x60cm Oil on canvas.

2nd Place-Tie SHU YU CHINA https://www.instagram.com/rambow7d/ “Outside The Rules” 180x120cm Digital painting, giclee print on canvas.

2nd Place-Tie ANTHONY REGANATO USA www.anthonyjosephartgallery.com “Sunbath” 18x24" Mixed media on canvas.

3rd Place ALMIRA REUTER BRAZIL almirareuter@gmail.com
“Via Sacra — Jesus Falls for the Third Time” 150x180cm Acrylic on canvas.

4th Place-Tie NICHOLAS SKALTSOUNIS USA www.nicksartsite.com 12x16” “A Day At The Beach” Oil on canvas panel.

5th Place-Tie NICHOLAS SKALTSOUNIS USA www.nicksartsite.com “Catching Waves” 12x16” Oil on canvas panel.

5th Place-Tie MARK MACHIT USA www.machitmedia.com/character- “Enthronement” 24x36” Acrylic on canvas.

5sth Place-Tie LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com
“Who Is The Prettiest?” 80x100cm Acrylic on canvas.

5th Place-Tie WILLIAM FRANCIS BRENNAN GERMANY www.william-francis-brennan.com “Saint Salvation” 40x40cm Oil on canvas.

6th Place-Tie WU-PENG HUANG TAIWAN www.facebook.com/Stormingheart.in.the.cityof.DiJun “Di625” 144x153cm Ink, encaustic and acrylic on hemp paper.

6th Place-Tie MYKE JOSEPH SURPRIS HAÏTI mykedjoart02@gmail.com
“The Jazz” 40x60" Acrylic and spray paint on canvas.

6th Place-Tie LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com
“Woman With Red Hair” 100x100cm Acrylic on canvas.

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:

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

ENTER OR GET AN OFFICIAL GALLERY RATING:

www.AmericanArtAwards.com

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