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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 ILONA SURREY: Ilona Surrey was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and worked for many years as a photojournalist for a major German newspaper in the Rhein Main area. After moving to an idyllic town in Middle Hesse, she was inspired by the botanical splendor surrounding her new home to use her camera outside the realm of journalism. She started experimenting with the possibilities of digital painting and was fascinated by the new forms of artistic expression she discovered. Looking at her artworks is like looking through a kaleidoscope. She interprets structure, color and light in an innovative way: surfaces and structures seem to explode; colors are at once glorious and guarded.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER ILONA SURREY (continued: Ilona Surrey has developed a multi layered process for repeating and abstracting the botanical elements of her photographs. Through digital forms of traditional art techniques she transforms blossoms and flowers into new objects which exude a graceful and natural aesthetic that one could almost consider real — an intentional disorientation! Surrey’s artworks appear to be paintings at first glance — e.g. a watercolor or an oil painting. But each work is based on a actual photograph.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER ILONA SURREY (continued: During several recent stays in Chicago, a city she describes as “pulsing and vibrating with energy”, she created works with her impressions of modern metropolitan life. These works are so compelling that one can hardly look away. She is fascinated by capturing those special moments of daily life that can inspire and electrify us. She has already convinced several juries and won international prizes and awards for her art.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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