World’s Best Watercolorists: GURUNG, SAIYAD, BAPTISTA, SHENG, MING, HAOTIAN, XIAOJUN, CHASOV & GUAY / 2024 WORLD ART AWARDS

Thom Bierdz
5 min readJun 25, 2024

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Artists from 61 countries competed in the 2024 WORLD ART AWARDS where 20 of the most revered galleries in the world were sent online images to score in drawing, painting, sculpture, digital and photography. The 300+ winning works, 1st to 6th Place (and ties) in all 50 categories, will be revealed in this column one category at a time, and also an upcoming movie.

The WINNERS in CATEGORY 3. WATERCOLOR – FIGURE represent NEPAL, THAILAND, USA, CHINA, RUSSIA & CANADA.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER:

NB Gurung has been painting for the last 27 years. He has held 5 times solo painting shows and numerous art exhibitions and workshops in Nepal and abroad. Throughout his long contribution in art sector he has received “Regional Art Talent Award” from the Government of Nepal. Likewise he has received “Gandaki Province Special Award” from Nepal Academy of Fine Arts(NAFA),” Young Creative Art Award” , Second prize from North East Watercolor society’s Annual Exhibition, USA ,” Hemganga youth Talent Award” along with dozens of awards and felicitation from National and International arenas.

He has visited numerous countries like Czech Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh and India for art exhibition, workshop and demonstration along with conducting art workshop.

Currently, he is the President of International Watercolor Society of Nepal ( IWS-Nepal) . www.artnbgurung.com

ART COLLECTORS — CONTACT THE WINNERS HERE:

CATEGORY 3. WATERCOLOR– FIGURE

1st Place N.B. GURUNG NEPAL www.artnbgurung.com “Portrait Of Sadhu” 20x14” Watercolor on paper.

2nd Place — Tie PIYATHIDA SAIYAD THAILAND 16x24” https://www.facebook.com/dreamin.watercolor.7 “Focus” Watercolor.

2nd Place — Tie TELAGIO BAPTISTA USA https://www.telagiobap.com/ “Ghana Girl” 16x22" Watercolor on paper.

3rd Place — Tie N.B. GURUNG NEPAL 20x14” www.artnbgurung.com “Portrait Of A Traditional Girl” Watercolor, paper.

3rd Place — Tie SUN SHENG & CHEN MING CHINA shengmedivh.sun@foxmail.com “Hongmeng Vision: Emergence” 45x60cm Watercolor on paper.

4th Place — Tie YI XIAOJUN CHINA 994199947@qq.com “Son Birthday Gift” 33x33cm Watercolor on paper.

4th Place — Tie YI XIAOJUN CHINA 994199947@qq.com “On The Way Home” 44x44cm Watercolor on paper.

5th Place — Tie YOURI CHASOV RUSSIA chasoffart@gmail.com “One Foot In The Paradise” 19x25.7cm Paper, watercolor.

5th Place — Tie SUN SHENG & CHEN MING CHINA shengmedivh.sun@foxmail.com “The Strings Of The Observer” 45x45cm Watercolor on paper.

6th Place — Tie CAROLINE GUAY CANADA carolineguay901@gmail.com ‘’Souper Hot Dog’’ 11x15'’ Watercolor chalks on paper.

Art collectors can see hundreds of winning images and contact info to all 50 CATEGORIES of winning artworks:

In 2024, WORLD ART AWARDS had submissions from these 61 countries: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, UK, Ukraine, USA, Viet Nam, Wales, Zambia.

The World Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2024 who were asked to score art: (in alphabetical order by country):

Best in Australia: Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Best in Chile: Isabel Aninat Gallery

Best in Columbia: Beatriz Esguerra Art

Best in Czech Republic: Knupp Gallery

Best in Georgia: UGallery

Best in Israel: Corridor Contemporary

Best in Japan: Nanzuka Underground

Best in Latvia: Galerija Romas Darzs

Best in Malaysia: Gallery des Artistes / Gallery@Tropicana

Best in Morocco: Comptoir des Mines Galerie

Best in Myanmar: New Treasure Art Gallery

Best in Portugal: Underdogs

Best in Taiwan: 1839 Contemporary Gallery

Best in United Kingdom: Miart Gallery London

Best in USA / Alabama: Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Best in USA / Arizona: Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

Best in USA / Iowa: Moberg Gallery

Best in USA / Nebraska: Kiechel Fine Art

Best in USA / South Dakota: South Dakota Art Museum

Best in USA / Utah: Ogden Contemporary Arts

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Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.