WORLD’S BEST NAIVE FIGURE ARTISTS: SIMONS, ARTASHESYAN, YAKOVLEV, SKUGINNA, LUNDQVIST, ANJARIA, YOFFE & DASCALU

Naive figure artists from Canada, Russia, Germany, Sweden, USA, Israel and Romania get top honors in Category 26 of the 2018 AMERICAN ART AWARDS.

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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.

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CATEGORY 26. NAÏVE ART — HUMAN FIGURE

1ST PLACE BRIAN SIMONS CANADA www.briansimons.com “Beach Bods” 36x36" Acrylic on canvas.

2ND PLACE-TIE GAYANA ARTASHESYAN RUSSIA art-gayana@mail.ru “Spring (Dance) Series / In The valley of Ararat” 40x60cm Oil, canvas.

2ND PLACE-TIE EVGENY YAKOVLEV RUSSIA https://www.facebook.com/pg/EvgenyYakovlev.reedly74
“Friends” 50x50cm Oil on canvas.

2ND PLACE-TIE LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com “Not Wished For” 11.9x14.9cm Acrylic on canvas.

3RD PLACE-TIE LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com “Berit” 80x100cm Acrylic on canvas.

3RD PLACE-TIE LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com “Family Photo” 100x100cm Acrylic on canvas.

3RD PLACE-TIE LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com “Me And My Sisters” 90x20.8cm Acrylic on canvas.

3RD PLACE-TIE MIA LUNDQVIST SWEDEN www.mialundqvist.se “Springtime” 35x45" Acrylic on canvas.

4TH PLACE-TIE LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com “Who Are You?” 80x100cm Acrylic on canvas.

4TH PLACE-TIE LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com “Resting Woman With Flower Vase” 80x100cm Acrylic on canvas.

5TH PLACE-TIE LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com “Joanna” 80x100cm Acrylic on canvas.

5TH PLACE-TIE LENA SKUGINNA GERMANY lena.skuginna@gmail.com “Cherry” 80x100cm Acrylic on canvas.

6TH PLACE-TIE HETAL ANJARIA USA hetalanjaria@gmail.com “Awaiting” 22x27" Indian folk painting on canvas, using natural dyes, turmeric, coffee, ink.

6TH PLACE-TIE DAVID YOFFE ISRAEL https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/davidyoffe.html?tab=artwork “Doing Proud” 70x50cm Oil on canvas.

6TH PLACE-TIE MIHAI DASCALU ROMANIA http://www.mihaidascalu.com/ “The Violin Player On The Roof” 40x50cm Oil on canvas.

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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

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