I was named ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2021 at the art competition hosted by ITSLIQUID Group. There were 3 winners from the United States, 1 winner from Switzerland, and myself from Japan.
I am grateful to be presented with this delightful honor. Thank you very much for setting this wonderful stage that I do not feel worthy of.
I have shed many tears and failed countless times before reaching this point. As a result, I have no idea what I have lost and what I have gained. I have continued to engage in the creative process, which is all I know, in a single-minded manner, while getting scarred and wounded all over in the process.
I would like to treat this award as a fresh start for myself to take on the challenge of self-expression in new and more liberated ways, moving forward. I aim to exert myself in the production of works that provide a feeling of joy, no matter how small, to as many people as possible.
ITSLIQUID Group is pleased to announce the WINNERS of the ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2021, a competition open to anyone and established to increase and develop the art market and the dialogue between collectors, art critics, journalists and art lovers. Making contemporary art accessible to all.
Artworks have been judged based on creativity, originality, quality of work, and overall artistic ability. Winners have been chosen based on the quality of a single entry as well as the quality of overall work.
Bibby Gignilliat . USA
Dean Castillejos . USA
Irene Venetsanou . Switzerland
Masaki Hirokawa . Japan
Stanley Felderman . USA