Brand Dubai today announced the winners of the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award, the world’s first award that recognises excellence in 3D art, at a ceremony at the Dubai Canvas Festival today. The jury of the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award named the winners after evaluating 25 shortlisted artworks for creativity, technique, composition and design, command of the medium, and the artist’s interpretation of the theme of Happiness.
All the works shortlisted for the Award are being displayed at the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017, which began in City Walk on Sunday. The Award and Festival are organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Meraas, one of Dubai’s leading holding companies. There was even a visit from Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
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Members of the Award jury panel included Mona bin Kalli, Director of HH Sheikha Manal Cultural Office; Pablo Del Val, International Director of Art Dubai; Mohammed Saeed Al Hareb, creator of the popular animated Emirati TV series FREEJ and Chairman of Lammtara Art Production; Dr. Nazneen Shafi, the Executive Director of Engage ME; and Mike Kothuis, Co-Founder of the World Street Painting Festival.
Italian artist Tony Cuboliquido wins top prize; Russian artist Danila Shmelev came second and Dutch artist Leon Keer named third place winners. Japanese artist Tomotero Saito wins the People’s Choice Award, which was decided based on public votes.
According to the jury, the innocent, playful, dynamic and interactive qualities of Italian artist Tony Cuboliquido’s winning work captures the theme of happiness.
Russian artist Danila Shmelev’s second placed work engages in a deep philosophical exploration of the meaning of Happiness and how we perceive it.
While Dutch artist Leon Keer’s third-placed artwork perfectly combines traditional elements of street painting with the application of precise mathematical calculations to create an engaging optical illusion.
Japanese artist Tomotero Saito wins the People’s Choice Award, which was decided based on public votes.
“The Award generated significant interest from the global 3D art world. Over 80% of the international community of accomplished 3D artists submitted entries for the Award. The winning and shortlisted artists represent the cream of global 3D art. Apart from recognising great artistic work, the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award seeks to raise interest and appreciation for this unique art form. We will continue building on the success of the first edition of the Award to foster excellence in 3D art as well as further enhance the development of Dubai’s cultural and artistic landscape.” Director of Brand Dubai Maitha Buhumaid
All the works shortlisted for the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award, together with the works of four Emirati artists, are being displayed at the Dubai Canvas Festival taking place in City Walk from 1-7 March 2017.