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Gold Prize
Peru
Luis Antonio TORRES VILLAR

Gold Prize

Rise; Series Reconquest

Luis Antonio Torres Villar exploits the narrative qualities of printmaking in a claim of trade and craft, highlighting the rhetoric and historicist pressing the graphic image and constructive presence in American pictorial imagery. His woodcuts discuss colonialism, otherness and native peoples in a global contemporary context. --Aizicovich/Sulman

Silver Prize
Poland
Magda SZPLIT

Silver Prize


Identity

Linocut technique is suitable for me because it enables me to control even the smallest trace which I curve. My designs arise from photographs, sketches and different techniques, mainly graphics and drawings. I take advantage of monotype, cliche-verre etc.

Bronze Prize
Turkey
Kübra GÜRLEŞEN

Bronze Prize

Kübra Gürleşen focuses on the existential dilemma of the human

being in her artistic practice. She mostly expresses it by way of body

images, blurring the boundary between physical and virtual world.

Special Jury Prize
Orlando MARTINEZ
Colombia

Special Jury Prize

Composition of Sixteen Figures in an Interior and a Cauca Landscape Stage

Composition of Sixteen Figures in an Interior and a Cauca Landscape Stage "Anything can happen, everything is possible and plausible. Time and space do not exist. Upon an insignificant background of real life events the imagination spins and weaves new patterns: a blend of memories, experiences, pure inventions, absurdities, and improvisations." -August Strindberg Many different interests overlap in this work: the picture raises the simultaneous circumstances of chance, meetings and actions, signs and resistances, anecdotes and occurrences that take place in an ambiguous space. It is a twofold scene, in which an absurd story emerges, like some sort of trap to the logic of representation. The composition deals with a treatment of space and figure between freedom and restraint, and it is always siding with transgression. It relies on the experience of drawing the human body in order to emphasize the tension between the identity of the character, a young model, and the position of the artist. It plays with the representation of Renaissance space, the transgression of scale, and the study of woodcut technique. Orlando Martinez Vesga

Special Jury Prize
Japan
Kanako WATANABE

Special Jury Prize

X(doll)2

Each of my works is produced by printing 20 or 30 times on both the surface and reverse side of washi paper. The process is very much like compressing something little by little and keeping a record of the result. The tonal gradation produced by multiple layering of prints gives a mysterious sense of depth. Seeing this, I can't help but imagine a time long before I was born, and the joy that my forebears must have felt in the fragrance of flowers or being touched by the wind. I can also imagine that familiar places and old friends are hidden there within.

Merit Prize
Norway
Tomasz BONCZA-OZDOWSKI

Merit Prize

0000_0011-0100_5-5_2015

When people migrate, thoughts, ideas, dreams and objects travel with them, all of which are important links with the past. Migrants become strangers to those they leave behind, and are strangers on arrival at their destination, since migration produces loneliness. Migrants do need their own space, a secure place. Is it always secure…? --Tomasz Boncza-Ozdowski

Merit Prize
Republic of Korea
Hyejeong KWON

Merit Prize

Never Ending Story

My work gets a spiritual pleasant sensation by radiating the different kinds of feelings that occur during the process of living at present and desires spurted from the unconsciousness as images. Such series of working action can be a way of managing myself and a process of finding the true self by getting out of the distracting thoughts and fixed ideas that appeared from social action effects by expressing the oppressed emotions extemporarily. The characteristics shown on works as the expression of emotion are extremely private and show the autobiographic state by approaching the inner language in metaphorical situation. This is how I communicate with the world through the works by unfolding and showing the residual products of the emotions obtained from my private life. Thus I express myself through the human figures, animals and other images in my drawings, and express thoughts that are inherent in the consciousness of me. They represent common emotions such as fears, depression, happiness and sadness, as well as others that are experienced in the present society. Eventually these images, reflecting one’s major problems in life, slowly seep into the depths of mind.

Merit Prize
Japan
Yuichi SAWADA

Merit Prize

Keeping in Touch with Pinetrees 2016-1

Merit Prize
Taiwan
Yun-Ling WANG

Merit Prize

Paradise on Earth

Drastic changes are taking in our living environment. No matter the technological advancement, we are anxious about the future. And nature fights back as we exploits it. I named my artwork Paradise on Earth to suggest a Utopia of abundance, which stands in stark contrast to the dark reality we face. I want to dedicate an ode to nature through the mountains, forests and rivers presented in this artwork. I also want to lament over the wounds of our precious environs through the strange rocks and steep valleys in this “paradise.” Ephemeral is our world; it is full of fleeting things. Eventually we will be so miserable as to be going up and down with the currents of garbage we created on our own.

Merit Prize
Poland
Marcin HAJEWSKI

Merit Prize

Personal Scar I

As an artist who identifies himself for over a decade with the technique of lithography, I consider last 15 years as a process of searching my own artistic language and craftsmanship. As an assistant professor in my alma mater, I have had the privilege to analyse not only my own art problems, but also those of young artists. For several years I have been leading a research project dedicated to different printing techniques: lithography, algraphy and offset. My works from the past few years deal with personal memory. I am fascinated by how the human mind chooses to hide away certain experiences in life, most often experiences with a negative tinge. As a result I am able to bring events back from memory, revealing and defining the whole cycle of life as presented in Personal Scar.

Honorable Mention
Thailand
Praween PAINGCHOOMPOO

Honorable Mention

Sanctuary Inside the Soul 4

Sanctuary inside the Soul was created for a unity of aesthetics in a state of peace with the process of creative printmaking. It referred to the feeling of peacefulness installed by objects in light and shade in privacy, which become the symbol of thought and style via the process of woodcut using techniques such as scraping, scrubbing and carving. Through multi-color printing, the mind is purified, and an aesthetic unity is achieved softly. The light of intelligence points to the abandonment of suffering. Gradually we move toward peace.

Honorable Mention
Poland
Pawel DELEKTA

Honorable Mention

I am very pleased to participate in this artistic project. These graphics present an expression of my personal thoughts and the impact of the situation, with which I had contact with as an artist, who creates messages addressed to people living in large urban areas.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Japan 
Tomiyuki SAKUTA

I am living every day. I am thinking about something all the time. I often think too hard, so I am getting nervous and confused. No one likes these negative things. But you certainly have that. You cannot escape from them. If I should express something, it would be my own feelings. Because that is the only thing which I can believe. It is certain that there are sensitive feelings in the bottom of my heart.

Honorable Mention
Poland
Monika PA?KA

Honorable Mention

Title of work :Untitled 
Year of Production :2015 
Technique or Medium :Digital print 
Size :121x70x0

Honorable Mention
Taiwan
Shan-Yang LIN

Honorable Mention

It is passion that keeps the old farmer in this artwork going—growing pineapples is his purpose of life. Other than this, the farmer leads a rather simple life. But I can see that he has truly found his own worth. I have learned from him that one must cling hard to his or her dream if this person wants to see it come true someday. I believe this is the right attitude to take.