Sun. Mar 29th, 2020

World’s Best Digital Artists: Deever, Williams, Stecker, Lu, Yu, Mendoza

Highlight Hollywood is pleased to bring you the world’s best contemporary artists, one AMERICAN ART AWARDS category at a time. We also tribute the 1st Place winners with a photo and bio.


This prestigious online art competition is decided by the 25 Best Galleries & Museums in America, who had accomplished painters, photographers, digital artists and sculptors enter online images in 2019 from 63 countries:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic Of Korea, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Zimbabwe. 

There were innumerable beautifully executed works entered this year – and America’s top 25 galleries and museums had a hard time selecting winners. Many brilliant pieces did not get enough votes to take 1st to 6th Place, but all the featured works shown in this article received high praise and high marks to triumph. Congratulations to all these artists for scoring above the stiff competition.


President of the AMERICAN ART AWARDS is fine artist and 10X author Thom Bierdz, known globally since 1986 for playing Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless. Bierdz hosts the 100 minute movie revealing the hundreds of stunning winning artworks of the AMERICAN ART AWARDS below:

This is the 11th anniversary for the international awards organization which decides the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America, who decide the World’s Best Contemporary Artists. Gallery decisions are based upon years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Catharine A. Deever form

alized her life-long involvement in the visual arts when she launched her company “River Dee Designs”, January 2018, with the filing for her trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Born to a church minister and an elementary school teacher, Catharine benefited from meeting and learning from experts around the world, those who excelled in a wide variety of professions. At the age of 16, Catharine left her home in the US to study for a year as an exchange student in Germany. It was in Germany that she gained appreciation of photography — and began studying it. Returning to America to graduate with a BA degree in foreign languages and a Masters degree in Communication Arts, Catharine received more formalized instruction in Theatre (set design, lighting and costume construction) — along with oratory / forensic communications and debate. After graduation, she became a teacher. Her career evolved with community projects into: * corporate training  * government administration  * non-profit management and advocacy  * directing, filming and editing training films.  Now a digital artist, Catharine creates new images from foundation photographs that she has taken personally — or from photographs taken by the very talented photographers in her own family. Catharine’s varied artworks have been heavily influenced by the diversity of the cultures in which she’s worked and lived . . . and her drive, molded by a community-caring family, is solely focused on benefiting the people her artwork serves.  www.riverdeedesigns.com

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Michael Williams is the owner of a healthcare-related business in Phoenix, Arizona / became interested in digital art about 11 years ago after several years of using Photoshop on his own photos. As time went on, he found he wanted to achieve a more painterly look than was possible with the art brushes found in Photoshop. “I found that painting with Corel Painter was not only satisfying from a creative standpoint but a tremendous stress-reliever for me after a busy day. As more sophisticated versions of the software became available year by year, I found that I was able to achieve results very close to what could be achieved using traditional media.” A graduate of Arizona State University, Michael evidently inherited his passion for painting from his mother, a skilled oil painter who always used traditional media. “I am hoping someday to find a business niche utilizing my art skills — possibly providing high-caliber painted portraits to photographers who wish to offer their clients an adjunct product to their photographic masterpieces. I am most grateful to AMERICAN ART AWARDS for the honor of a first place tie in the Digital Art (Representational) category.” https://www.facebook.com/MyDigitalPainting/

Artists can enter at this link:  https://www.americanartawards.com/press-on-2019-artists/

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Photographs are Courtesy:  AAA

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