WORLD’S BEST OIL ARTISTS: CANAS, MCCOY, LI, LEE, POWALKA, QIANJIE, CHEN & DEDEA

As the short video above illustrates, painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists from 59 countries competed in the most prestigious online art call, https://www.americanartawards.com/, where America’s best galleries and museums score art in 50 categories. In this column, I’ll reveal the world’s best contemporary artists one category at a time, starting with CATEGORY 1 — OIL — HUMAN FIGURE.

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CONTACTS FOR CATEGORY 1. OIL — HUMAN FIGURE

1ST PLACE and BEST OF SHOW ANTONIO CAÑAS EL SALVADOR https://antoniocanas79.blogspot.com/ “Portrait Of Don Roberto” 50x50cm Oil on canvas.

2ND PLACE STEVEN MCCOY USA steve@mymasterstouch.net “Prey” 17.5x23" Oil on Masonite.

3RD PLACE-TIE XUHUI LI CHINA yvonneli426@gmail.com “In The Sunshine In Kashgar” 31.5x39" Oil painting.

3RD PLACE-TIE MYKUL LEE USA http://www.MYKULLEE.com “White Beard” 24x36″ Oil on canvas.

4TH PLACE-TIE MICHAL POWALKA POLAND www.michalpowalka.com “Ka” 90x70cm Oil on canvas.

4TH PLACE-TIE HUANG QIANJIE CHINA 438150547@qq.com “The Watchman — HuQin Craftsman” 181x181cm Oil on linen.

5TH PLACE YIZHOU CHEN CHINA 809805372@qq.com “Tai Chi” 120x100cm Oil on canvas.

6TH PLACE ADRIAN DEDEA GERMANY contact@dedeapainting.com “Last Summer” 31.4x39.3” Oil on canvas.

This is the 10th anniversary for the American Art Awards organization which selects the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America each May, then in late summer these revered art institutions vote on online art to decide the world’s best new artists.

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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

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORs, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 10 new books (6 volumes of art). President of www.americanartawards.com

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