Announcement of the finalists of the LABA International Art Festival during the Icon Charity Awards ceremony of the LABA International Art Festival



LABA’s Art Festival Icon Charity Awards

Since last year, Chinese artist Jiannan Huang has seen an upsurge in demand for his internet art in the United States and has attracted more than 10 million views.

The Los Angeles Beverly Arts (“LABA”) and the LABA Los Angeles International Art Festival (“LABA Art Festival”) announced the festival finalist at the Art Festival’s Icon Charity Award ceremony last night, Sept. 29 at the Four Seasons Hotel. The evening opened with Top-40 Billboard recording artist Laura Angelini performing “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

LABA Art Festival Founding President Joey Zhou and LABA International Art Festival Jury Member Harrison Engle jointly announced 150 finalists from 27 countries for “The Most Influential LABA Artists in the Worldâ€. The news was broadcast to more than 100 news agencies around the world.

Due to the pandemic, the festival required online participation and delayed the selection process from thousands of works submitted by artists. Dr James Daichendt, President of the Jury, said the Jury members carefully considered the finalists for this festival.

The offline exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ works will be held in Beverly Hills in the spring of 2022, in conjunction with the “LABA World’s Most Influential Artists” awards ceremony. According to the organizing committee, many renowned international artists will participate in this prestigious event.

Since last year, the Chinese artist Jiannan Huang has seen an upsurge in demand for his art on the Internet in the United States. It has attracted over 10 million online viewers, making its popularity not only overwhelming in the United States but also on the Internet around the world.

Huang is currently the top ranked artist in the LABA Art Festival finalist list, followed by American artists Dionisio Cimarelli, Joshua Elias, Katherine Arion, Joe Davidson, Petra Eiko, Ariel Vargassal, Meeson Pae Yang, Miguel Osuna, Vicki Walsh , Catherine Ruane, Lisa Schulte, Randi Matushevitz, Katie Ruiz, Devon Tsuno, Jonathan Paul, Dyse One, Macha Suzuki, Roman de Salvo, Petra Eiko, Ariel Vargassal, Meeson Pae Yang, Richard Magram and Jayne Schelden.

The other international artists included were the Australian Philippe de Kraan, the Austrian Tommy Aquino, Tania Chanter, the French Yannick Bouillault, Daniel Cayo, Diana Malivali, the Russian Valerie Privalikhina, the Hungarian Endre Kecső, the Japanese Miyuki Takanashi, the Indian Raman Adone, Briton Rachael Elwell, Canadian Lisa Carney, Vidal Toreyo from Spain, Ziesook You from South Korea, Hye-Jin Stella Kim, Lucian Szekely-Rafan from Romania, Andi Sules from Indonesia, Van Lanigh from Countries -Bas, Alessio Mazzarulli from Italy, Nikol Klampert from Israel, Michael Cusack from Ireland, Pava Wülfert from Colombia, Andreas Claußen from Germany, Luciano Cian from Brazil, Natsuko Teruya from Singapore, Mijan Jumalon from the Philippines, Loi Duc du Vietnam and Daniel Liau Wee Seng from Malaysia were among the finalists.

Rémy Aron, president of the Association of French Artists, joined the LABA Art Festival and recommended young talented artists to participate. Thus, the 50 best artists from France and the United States represented many participants.

Senior, middle-aged and youth performers from mainland China included Jun Tan, Xinyong Wang, Hanxiang Zhao, Wei Ze, Wei Zhou, Guixun Xu, Wenkang Xue, Shuai Tan, and Haoyue Tan. Local Chinese artists in the United States were Genhe Ding, Xiaomu Feng and Zhou Xu, who were also among the top 100 finalists.

In October 2021, finalists from around the world will successively receive qualification certificates by post from the California headquarters of the LABA Art Festival.

Guests of honor and award presenters included: Princess Karen Cantrell, President of the Royal Society of S. George and Rotating President of the LABA International Art Festival; Ike Khamisani, President of the Inland Empire of the United States Association of the United Nations; Harrison Engle, member of the Presidium of the Jury of the Organizing Committee of the LABA International Art Festival; Joey Zhou, founding president of the LABA International Art Festival and internationally renowned television host; David Lau, former mayor of Monterey Park for three terms; and veteran Hollywood actor and producer Cici Lau.

This year’s Icon Charity Award winners are top artists from the international art world and influential figures in art management. The first laureate to receive the award was Jiannan Huang, a Chinese artist who spent time studying art in France. Jiannan Huang also won the first prize at the LABA Art Festival. Due to the pandemic, Jiannan Huang was unable to attend the event in person. The LABA committee organized an Internet connection to bring the award ceremony to life for Huang.

Other laureates: Loma Nazareth, dean and professor of art history at the University of Southern California; Dr James Daichendt, professor in the fine arts department of the New York Academy of Art; the famous sculptor Dionisio Cimarelli; Richard Wearn, art professor at California State University and chairman of the West Hollywood Art Committee; Rémy Aron, President of the Association of French Artists; Paul Ottoson, recipient of three Oscars and advisor to the LABA Art Festival; Karen Han, famous musician; Todd Williamson, renowned painter and sculptor; Mason Pae Yang, designer of iconic works in California; famous sculptor Joe Davidson; Dr. Debby Jou, founder of the American Art Bank; Laura Angelini, recording artist and Billboard Top-40 philanthropist; ; and Angela Liu, general agent of the LABA International Art Festival in Shenzhen, China.

The evening ended in an atmosphere of love, art appreciation and dedication among the attendees of this distinguished event.

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