Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

Best Naive Art 2015 Goes To Dascalu, Koh, Song, Jeon, Verny-Franks And Yang

Highlight Hollywood has the exclusive rights to reveal the results of the 50 categories of winning artists in the American Art Awards, decided by the 25 Best Galleries In The Nation. In a series of articles expanding through October, we will reveal, in daily features, the 1st to 6th Place winning images with artists info, one category at a time.
Please check in daily for brilliant paintings, photography, digital images and sculpture in genres from portrait to floral to impressionism, realism, landscape, innovative, cubism, self-portrait, etc.
This year the online contest had submissions from 35 countries including Aruba,Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain,South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UK, United Arab Emirates and USA.
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I interviewed president of  www.AmericanArtAwards.com, Thom Bierdz (The Young & The Restless and painter of the BLUE X paintings) and asked which artists this year won the NAIVE ART category.
Bierdz explained, “Mihai Dascalu from Romania had the highest-scores again this year. I think Dascalu is the greatest naive painter alive today. His credits are endless, our galleries always award his work with top honors. His work is timeless and classically naive. He is a genius in that genre and makes Romania proud. South Korean artists also did very well in this category this year.”
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CATEGORY 27. NAÏVE – OTHER
1st   MIHAI DASCALU    ROMANIA    www.mihaidascalu.com   “Last Train”   50 x 40cm    Oil on canvas.
2nd   MIHAI DASCALU    ROMANIA    www.mihaidascalu.com   “Home, Sweet Home”    50 x 40cm    Oil on canvas.
3rd   EUN SOO KOH   SOUTH KOREA   eunsookoh@stmarksschool.org   “Selfishness”   360 x 470mm   Print.
4th   HYO-JUNG SONG    SOUTH KOREA   ireneesongg@gmail.com   “My Artistic Inspirations”   530 x 770mm    Pen.
4th   KYO BIN JEON    SOUTH KOREA   carasharon@gmail.com   “Lung Cilia”   300 x 300mm    Color pencil.
5th   JENNIFER VERNY-FRANKS   UK    fjvf@talktalk.net    “The High Life”   30 x 30cm    Mixed media.
5th   HEE YUN YANG   SOUTH KOREA   rmadhr671@naver.com   “Whale Bunny”  310 x 410mm   Acrylic paint.
6th   KYO BIN JEON    SOUTH KOREA    carasharon@gmail.com   “Braille Eye”    630 x 594mm    Color pen.
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BIO ON 1ST PLACE WINNER MIHAI DASCALU:
Dascalu was born on May 1, 1960, in the town Voctoria, jud. Brasov. He graduated from the Faculty of Geodesy Bucharest in 1984, and the same year discovered naive painting. Between 1984 and 2000 he resided in Resita, Caras Severin. In 2000, Mihai Dascalu moved to Oradea, Bihor County, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Dascalu has written four books on art naive with Gustav Hlinka and Costel Iftinchi.  Dascalu has painted over 600 naïve works on canvas, wood or glass. In 2014, he organized the first Salon of Naive Art in Oradea, in 2014, and created www.naiveart.gallery to promote naïve painters from Romania on the Internet.
DASCALU’S EXHIBITIONS:
1984 – 1994 Group exhibition, Resita;
1985 – 1999 National exhibitions Pitesti;
1985 – 2001 National Exhibitions Bucharest;
1989 – Personal exhibition DALLES UCSB, Bucharest;
1992 – Winter saloon, Resita;
1992 – Personal exhibition, Oravita;
1992 – Group exhibition, Crest-France;
1992 – Personal exhibition, Resita;
1993 – Personal exhibition, teather Notara, Bucharest;
1993 – Personal exhibition, Resita;
1993 – Group exhibition , Chisinau – Moldova;
1993 – Group exhibition, Crest-France;
1994 – Personal exhibition, Bank Turco Romana˝, Bucharest;
1995 – Spring saloon, Resita;
1996 – Personal exhibition, Sala Palatului, Bucharest;
1996 – Group exhibition, Galery Jeaninne Blais North Hatley, Canada;
1996 – Personal exhibition, Bacau;
1997 – Group exhibition Bacau;
1997 – Group exhibition, Iasi;
1997 – Group exhibition, Aiud;
1997 – Personal exhibition, Bank Turco Romana;, Timisoara;
1997 – Group exhibition, Venetia, Italy;
1998 – Group exhibition, Romanian Cultural Center Paris – France;
1998 – Group exhibition, Lisabon – Portugal;
1998 – Group exhibition, Salonic – Grecia;
1998 – Group exhibition, Iasi;
1999 – Personal exhibition, French library, Resita;
1999 – Group exhibition, Dallas Texas – USA;
1999 – Group exhibition, Cleveland Georgia – USA;
1999 – Personal exhibition, Herculane Spa Romania;
2000 – Group exhibition, Timisoara;
2000 – Group exhibition, Bacau;
2000 – Group exhibition, Iasi;
2001 – Group exhibition, Timisoara;
2001 – Group exhibition, Bacau;
2001 – Group exhibition, Iasi;
2002 – Group exhibition Parlamentul pallace, Bucharest;
2002 – Personal exhibition Oradea Muzeum of Crisuri Land;
2002 – Group exhibition, Jeaninne Blais gallery, North Hatley – Canada;
2002 – Group exhibition, Iasi;
2003 – Group exhibition, Bucharest;
2005 – Group exhibition, Tel Aviv, Israel;
2005 – International exhibition, Bucharest.
2006 – National Exhibition Pitesti
2006 – Winter saloon Bucharest
2007 – National exhibition Pitesti
2007 – International exhibition Bucharest
2007 – International exhibition Sibiu
2007 – Personal exhibition Arcadia Theater – Oradea
2008 – International Exhibition Iasi
2009 – National Exhibition Pitesti
2009 – International Exhibition Bucharest
2009 – Christmass exhibition Bucharest
2010 – Easter exhibition Bucharest
2010 – Personal Exhibition Oradea
2011 – Personal Exhibition Cluj Napoca
2011 – Exhibition to Museum “Kondas” Estonia
2011 – National Exhibition Pitesti
2011 – Biennale of Naive art -SIAN 2011 Bucharest
2012 – Group exhibition Iasi
2013 – Personal exhibition Philarmonica Oradea – 17 April – 10 May
2013 – Group Exhibition Iasi
2013 – 6-th Salon International of Naive Art, Versailles, France, 23 April – 5 May
2013 – Personal exhibition Oradea Philarmonica
2013 – Group exhibition – Oradea Shopping Center
2014 – National Saloon of Naive Art – First edition, Oradea
2014 – National Saloon of Naive Art -Second Edition, Botosani
2015 – International Exhibition Verneuile sur Avre – France
2015 – Mundos Ingenuos  – I International Exhibition Bogota- Columbia
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DASCALU’S AWARDS:1985 – Prize III National Exhibition Bucharest;
1987 – Prize I National Exhibition Bucharest;
1995 – Prize III National Exhibition Bucharest;
1996 – Prize for naive art of Ethnos Fundation Bucharest, 1995;
1999 – Prize ETHNOS International naive art saloon Bucharest;
2005 – Prize III International Exhibition Bucharest.
2008 – Special Prize, National Exhibition Iasi
2009 – Prize for painting “Dr. Ion Grigorescu” Pitesti
2009 – Prize II International Exhibition Bucharest
2010 – Prize I American Art Awards – United States of America
2011 – Prize II American Art Awards – Naive art Human figures – United States of America
2011 – Prize I American Art Awards – Naive art Others – United States of America
2011 – Diploma of Excelency – Bienale of Naive art SIAN 2011 Bucharest
2012 – Prize “Aurora Năforniţă” – National Exhibition Iasi
2013 – Prize I – SIAN 2013 Bucharest
2014 – Special Prize of Jury,-  Rendezvous de naives – National Exhibition of Naive art Oradea
2015 – First Prize – American Art Awards – USA

Member of “Group International des Primitifs Modernes dits Naïfs”
DASCALU’S PUBLICATIONS:
– Monthly Brochure National Center of Creation Bucharest, perioada 1995 – 2006;
– Catalogues Saloanele Moldova Saloons, Iasi, 2002, 2003, 2006;, 2007 -2010
– Dictionary of Naive Art in Romania, Ed. Timpul, Resita, 2001, pag. 42, 43, 48;
– Brochure SIAN˝, Bucharest, 2001;
– Calendar 1996, publicat de Galeria Jeaninne Blais, Canada;
– Naive art catalog , Jeaninne Blais, Canada, 1995;
– L’art naive Natalia Brodskaya, Ed. Parkstone, New York, 1999;
– Naive art, Ed. Grange Books, 2004 Great Britain
– CD – e.naivi.ro – realizat de C.N.C.V.T.C.P. Bucharest, 2003;
– CD – SIAN 2005-2009 – realizat de C.N.C.P.C.T. Bucharest, 2005, project supported by Ministry of Culture
– Published in:
– High school book for Romanian Literature, Class 11, Author Alexandru Crisan, Liviu Papadima…the editure Humanitas
– Romanian literature for VII class – editure ART , Authors: Florentina Sâmhaian, Florin Ionita, Elena Cirstocea…
– Romanian literature for VIII class – editure ART , Authors: Florentina Sâmhaian, Florin Ionita, Elena Cirstocea…
– catalogue Association of artists from Cluj – 1975-2008
– Published in: Who is Who Bugner
DASCALU’S CO-AUTHORED  BOOKS:
“Adventures In Naive Island” – with Gustav Hlinka and Costel Iftinchi.
“Stories From The Back Of Simezes”- with Gustav Hlinka and Costel Iftinchi.
“Under The Umbrella Of Naive Art”- with Gustav Hlinka and Costel Iftinchi.
“Trip Of Naives”– with Gustav Hlinka and Costel Iftinchi.
Ilustrations for the book, “Impressions And Expressions”, authors: Gheorghe Niculescu and Florentin Smărăndescu. Publisher – DURAN’S, Oradea, 2013.
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SEE MORE OF MIHAI DASCALU  ART AT HIS SITE:    www.mihaidascalu.com
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***ART WAS SCORED BY AMERICAN ART AWARDS 25 BEST GALLERIES FOR 2015***
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BEST GALLERY IN ILLINOIS — Hilligoss Gallery: “…has been Chicago’s Premier Art Gallery offering every kind of painting, from Renoirs to emerging local impressionists…two-story 8,500 square foot gallery is a beautiful and surreal timeless world unto itself, with a large staff and millions in annual revenue…”     SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/hilligoss-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-illinois-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/27AAA15.4BEST GALLERY IN NEBRASKA — Kiechel Fine Art: “For almost thirty years… specialized in 20th Century American Art with a focus on artists from the Midwest… three story building and exterior spaces…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/kiechel-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-nebraska-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

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BEST GALLERY IN CALIFORNIA — Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery: “…20 years… three locations… excel in fine art acquisitions, consulting, custom framing, art installation, corporate collections and award design…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/contemporary-fine-arts-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-california-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/BEST GALLERY IN NEVADA — Exclusive Collections Gallery: “Collectors range from A-list celebrities to U.S. presidents… does an astronomical amount of business… is continually expanding, with four other stunning locations – Beverly Hills, San Diego and Laguna Beach.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/exclusive-collections-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-nevada-2015-highlight-hollywood-news/

BEST GALLERY IN CONNECTICUT — Westport River Gallery: “… expertise in fine European, American & Asian fine art… web site reads like a library… on highly collectible international artists’ works… preeminent dealers of Pissarro – and not only Camille Pissarro,… but also H. Claude Pissarro, Paulemile Pissarro and Lelia Pissarro.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/westport-river-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-connecticut-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/27AAA15.5
BEST GALLERY IN TENNESSEE — Stanford Fine Art: “…the premier purveyor of historical, Impressionistic and regional art in the Southeast. For over 25 years… Nashville’s premier art gallery… works… from the 19th century to the present… exemplary aesthetic standards, museum quality…”
SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/stanford-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-tennessee-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN  OREGON: BRONZE COAST GALLERY: “…one of Oregon Coast’s premiere fine art galleries for more than 20 years. They even provide education in sculpture and the process of bronze casting…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/bronze-coast-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-oregon-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
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SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/art-fusion-galleries-named-best-gallery-in-florida-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN TEXAS — Laura Rathe Gallery: “…two stunning galleries, one in the Dallas Design District… other on Houston Gallery Row… a leading source for contemporary art in Texas… established, mid-career artists… acquired into world-renowned private, corporate and museum collections…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/laura-rathe-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-texas-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN LOUISIANA — Jonathan Ferrara Gallery: “…focused on cutting edge works… with a sense of purpose, mission, and message… provocative… New Orleans gallery has become a fixture on Julia Street’s gallery row, the premier art corridor in The South.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/jonathan-ferrara-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-louisiana-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/27AAA15.6
BEST GALLERY IN KENTUCKY – E & S Gallery: “…a nationally recognized leader in the African American art industry. Established in Louisville, KY in 1989… grown to a more than 11,000 square foot gallery…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/es-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-kentucky-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN COLORADO — Mirada Fine Art:   “… on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists. We love the art, we love the spirit, we love the upward trajectory, we love the history… special, insightful and unique…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/mirada-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-colorado-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN MISSOURI: The Hilliard Gallery:“41 years… one of the oldest and largest fine art galleries in Kansas City… voted by Kansas City Visitor Center as Best Gallery In Kansas City in 2012… voted by Kansas City Magazine as the Best Gallery In Kansas City 2014.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/hilliard-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-missouri-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN OHIO — Lee Hayden Gallery: “… a prominent Cleveland gallery for a decade, offering paintings, sculptures and rare prints from dozens of internationally acclaimed artists…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/lee-hayden-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-ohio-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
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BEST GALLERY IN SOUTH CAROLINA — Mary Martin Gallery Of Fine Art: “…on par with Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive and NY’s Fifth Avenue. This prestigious French Quarter gallery… classical to contemporary works of originality and beauty… established and mid-career painters and sculptors who forge new ground. Notable artists of museum quality…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/mary-martin-gallery-of-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-south-carolina-2015-highlight-hollywood-news/BEST GALLERY IN HAWAII — Genesis Galleries: “16 years… two wildly popular galleries on the Big Island… Genesis Kings offers international work while their Queens location offers only authentic Hawaii work… Known along the Kohala Coast as the highest-rated destination in galleries by Trip Advisor… “ SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/genesis-galleries-named-best-gallery-in-hawaii-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/27AAA15.7

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BEST GALLERY IN IDAHO — The Art Spirit Gallery: “… 20 years… high-quality, original work by regional artists… 4,000 square foot… unimaginably high ceilings… promote high-quality art in the resort community of Coeur d’Alene…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/the-art-spirit-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-idaho-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN MINNESOTA — Doubletake Gallery: “…a fine art consignment and brokerage service gallery …international Internet presence, with millions of hits…open-to-the-public showroom… LeRoy Neiman, Salvador Dali, Peter Max…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/doubletake-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-minnesota-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/27AAA15.8
BEST GALLERY IN NEW JERSEY — Evalyn Dunn Gallery: “It is very rare to find a gallery so successful it is approaching it’s 60th year…features the finest 20th Century American and European art.” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/evalyn-dunn-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-new-jersey-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN ALASKA — Annie Kaill’s Premier Fine Art: “…forty years… commercial regional art by both emerging and mid-career artists, as well as the Northwest’s most famous painters …devotion to the authentic Alaskan landscape…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/annie-kaills-premier-fine-art-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-alaska-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
BEST GALLERY IN UTAH — Southam Gallery: “…36 years… one of the premier galleries in the Inter Mountain Region… some of the most beautiful paintings we have ever seen anywhere… “ SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/southam-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-utah-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/
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www.ThomBierdz.com  Movie of Bierdz’s BLUE X paintings: https://youtu.be/pwyhDVvY01M
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