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CFA Artist of the Month Contest
Enter your artwork to compete for €2,000 in three cash awards and a list of important titles
We invite visual artists to submit artwork in the 6th CFA Artist of the Month competition, in order to be considered for a list of important titles and cash awards. All media is accepted, except video, film and sound art. Enter your images to compete for the CFA Artist of the Month title and 2,000€ in three cash grants as well as exposure and promotion on our website.
Artists On Review
Minimal Visions: Peter Zarkob
"My work is inspired by real scenes from my closest environment, transforming them to endow them with symbolism and thus represent abstract concepts in which my thoughts, reflections, feelings, state of mind are reflected... Minimalist photography allows me to reduce a scene to the minimum expression, focusing on the essential and eliminating the superfluous."
From Australia with Love: Jan Williams
"A large proportion of the population where l live is overweight. In a non-derogative way, l like to use their formal qualities to create personalities and use their shapes as a language in expressing a variety of ideas from the natural and the human world, sometimes, portraying people l know."
Ethereal/Ephemeral: Marieluise Barbara Bantel
"My current project is titled "The Beauty of Decay". The painted plants serve as a metaphor in a world of mass products. The artworks are still lifes and combine three typical aspects of this genre: figurative painting, flower painting and the reference to transience. But while most classical flower still lifes show whole bouquets, I concentrate on individual flowers. This gives me and my works the opportunity to relate the vanitas motif to the individual as well. At the same time, with my series of paintings, I expand the admonishing still-life concept of transience to include the element of beauty. It is precisely in decay that the fragile and noble beauty of life is revealed."
Baroque Skies: Jason Engelbart
"My abstract-baroque works are based on my personal exploration of the diversity of our being. They are at the same time a reflection of the universal love that unites us all and they are an expression of my deep respect for our being, for the wonders of life and for every creature in this world. Against this background, my works are a homage to life, to our being."
Scale Matters: Oleg Lobykin
"Observing the natural world and mystery of transformation inspires me. My work depicts an ongoing search for the origins of form and exploration of portals to other dimensions. Shifting realities is a recurring theme in this work, as are transformation and challenging perception. Ideas that are thought-provoking, impactful, and engaging take form in the visible realm."
Sotrytelling: Susan Borowitz
"I am a storyteller. And it’s the story deep inside our psyches that I seek to tell, revealing opposing forces inherent in my subject: humor in the darkness, beauty in the ugly, oddity in the banal. I invite my viewers to feel uncomfortable."
Visions & Dreams: Klara Sedlo
"I work with the viewer's subconsciousness; my paintings want to nudge your imagination, they are based on visions and dreams. Short sneak peeks into stories and characters allow viewers to run their own continuation of what is depicted on the painting."
New Age Expressionism: Eric Wixon
"Inner conflict / inner peace seems to be the most commonly recurring theme in my work. Often, my paintings attempt to process the whirlwind of emotions associated with the human experience. I find intent, meaning, and relation are all coincidental with creation, regardless truly personal work speaks to the collective consciousness."
The Perfectionist: Nyle Major
"Classical realism is a driving force behind this painting. Coupled with a contemporary framework, the work is drawn from traditional inspiration & methods to replicate and expand on the 19th century French art movements, while using a theme familiar to traditional art."
Digital Media: Nicolas Castell
“I like to explore the limits of the imagination; there is a nice sense of travel and freedom in this way of creating. I would like to offer a little journey to the spectator with my work. Where he can relax, imagine and feel free.”
Color Story: Aina Putnina
Latvian artist, Aina Putnina graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia in 1992 and the Baltic International Academy in Riga, Latvia in 2011. Since 1994, Aina participates in exhibitions, workshops, plain airs and other projects in Latvia and abroad.
Architectural Visions: Artem Ogurtsov
"For a long time, I have been worked as a designer in various professional areas. Due to the lack of creative realization, I took up my own independent creativity. For a long time, I positioned my art only in a nonprofit format and recently started to enter the art market. A short time ago, I became interested in creating video art, and experience in CG, especially with 3D-graphics, came in handy."
Juxtapositions: Annuli Viherjuuri
"I work with oil on canvas. I like to play with thin and thick layers, and also with glossy transparency and velvety of beeswax. My goal is to create an organic whole of different shapes and color, and to leave space for surprises and for many interpretations."
The Rhythm of Color: Georg Douglas
"The complex world of flowers from the visible down to the molecular scale and dancing, especially Irish dancing. These may seem disparate themes, but they inspire finished abstract works which are very comparable.
Art as Healing: Lize Krüger
"I aim to destigmatise mental health issues and make them a topic to openly address. Trauma is part of our human experience, and through my work, I try to make sense of this collective aspect which few of us will be able to escape."
Bold & Beautiful: Eduardo Blanco
"I consider my artwork as Contemporary Figurative. I mixt a few different styles to get a painting according to the times we live in. My work is the result of reflection, planning, analysis and execution through different techniques, although I try to make it seem fresh and spontaneous. Inspiration comes through different channels: an image; light and shadow effects; a concept or idea; a theme..."
Tenderly: Weiting Wei
"Transitioning from girl to mother feels like the moment that we acquire our protective layers, our feathers, scales and armor. But our interior becomes softer, more sensitive with the love and bond we develop for our children. So in some ways, we are weaker should something pierce through our armor."
Wood Relief: Scott Troxel
"I draw on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century modernism to make dynamic, retro-futurist wooden sculptures that evoke nostalgia for the past as much as they look to the future. I am fascinated by the way pieces of technology, culture, and design reveal their age and aim to make work that cannot be pinned to a specific era."
Past and Present: Lannie Hart
"My work examines the perception of women in contemporary society as informed by their portrayal in history and myth. My figurative sculpture, installation and painting embrace ornate found object assemblage as I work to merge the past with the present."
The Photographer: Holly Wilmeth
Holly creates images that embody elements of nature, mysticism, and spirituality. Drawing inspiration from ancient mythologies, symbolism, diverse cultures and a deep spiritual practice, her images are a personal interpretation of her life’s sacred dance. Both wisdom and wonder speak through her images, as they reveal a visual journey of the alchemy of being human and being part of this earth.
Tensions: Maj-Britt Niklasson
"My inspiration: shadow and light. Tension pulling in different directions. Suspense, endurance and patience until the right moment is there for that which has to mature and be born into something new. Thesis and antithesis become a synthesis. This is a big part of my inspiration."
Performance Art: Shuai Xu
“My current works focus on the invisible world, and much of my inspiration comes from my dreams. I am interested in humanity's relationship to the cosmos, particularly as it plays out here on Earth, in the relationship between individuals and nature. I hope to explore my interior world more deeply while expanding outward, to engage society and beyond.”
Surreal and Poignant: Ophelia Redpath
New Genres: Mary Mattingly
"My work draws attention to the continuity of images as they pass through time, from my all-American upbringing time frame to today’s contemporary imagery of outside graffiti. Inspired by multiple mediums, I can rarely confine myself to one art form, sculpture, mixed media, prints, and drawings."
Classical Realism: Abdelfettah Karmane
Colorful Abstract: Christiane David
"As life is a journey, my art is my vehicle and I see my work as milestone expressions. Using watercolor and oil I emphasize the nature of the color more than the nature of the object itself. In my abstract painting I completely eliminate the subject to concentrate on color, shape and rhythm, a painterly exploration and an attempt to capture the soul essence of life."
Discover the latest issue of Spotlight Magazine presenting a unique selection of remarkable contemporary artists from around the world. Through the pages of this magazine we offer our readers a wide variety of perspectives, techniques and approaches to visual art. Flip through the magazine to discover artwork and contact us or the artist directly to inquire about purchasing a piece.
Art Magazines by CFA Press
The 2nd issue of our newest edition is here
The second issue of Art IDEAL magazine includes the work of 100 contemporary artists from around the world. We look at a variety of practices; from painters working in traditional oil on canvas, contemporary realism and abstract expressionism, photographers capturing in film and digital in the studio and outdoors as well as a variety of unique techniques in 2D, 3D and digital media. This diverse anthology provides an opportunity to discover mid-career and established artists and explore a wide spectrum of contemporary aesthetics. To find out more about each artist, visit their website and inquire with us or them directly to collaborate or purchase a featured artwork.
News from our Latest Contest
CFA Artist of the Month
(Painter, South Africa)
Angela Banks is a fine artist living and working in Johannesburg. She received a BA (Fine Arts) in 1999 and MA (Fine Arts) in 2003 from the University of Pretoria. She has since exhibited in various group and solo shows and has been on residencies in both France and China. These residencies afforded her the opportunity to engage with European as well as Eastern art, artists, galleries and exhibits and allowed her to exhibit internationally too.
Angela received the 1st Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month competition. Visit her website and contact the artist directly to inquire about a collaboration or collecting her artwork.
Arjun Kamath is an award-winning, internationally published photographer and filmmaker. He is known for creating photo stories that entail crucial social messages which have been published by the United Nations, Nat Geo, Vogue, BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and other reputed global media houses. His professional expertise is supported by a Master's in Film and Television Production from one of the world's finest film schools, the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. Kamath finds a unique approach in photography, marked by dramatic compositions, vibrant imagery, and heart-stirring stories.
Arjun received the 2nd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month competition. Visit his website and contact the artist directly to inquire about a collaboration or collecting his artwork.
Michael Herbert Dorn
(Painter, Bermuda (UK) / USA / Belgium)
Michael Herbert Dorn holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA, 2018) from Lesley University College of Art & Design (USA), graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (USA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Visual & Performing Arts (emphasis in Film/Video), and has studied traditional painting and drawing at ateliers in France and Italy. The artist was born in St. George's, Bermuda, and he is a citizen of both the USA and the UK. Michael resides in and works in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium.
Michael received the 3rd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month competition. Visit his website and contact the artist directly to inquire about a collaboration or collecting his artwork.