MvVO Art Ad Show 2020

Celebrating Creativity & Talent

By Lillian Langtry

MvVO ART, the creator of AD ART SHOW, announced freelance art director/graphic designer Anton Pitkänen for Top Honors at AD ART SHOW 2020, receiving a specialty Clio award of excellence in contemporary art and a Creative Immersion Day at NBCUniversal—AD ART SHOW’s presenting sponsor.

Pitkänen said that his work could best be described as serene and poetic. “I’m getting close to my first decade as an artist. I’ve been filled with joy for the strength and trust I feel toward my artistic voice and how it’s naturally evolving within the process.”

Jessica Alazraki and David Straange were also AD ART SHOW 2020 Winning Artists, selected by a jury of contemporary art collectors chaired by Laura Skoler, member of the Board of Directors, New Museum, New York. The three winning artists will receive professional art critique sessions to help further their art careers.


Finalists & Winners

Jessica Alazraki, Winning Artist
Anton Pitkänen, Top Honors including Clio Award
Originally from Mexico City, Ms. Alazraki is a graduate of Universidad Anáhuac and Parsons in New York. She has worked at various advertising agencies. She also studied at The New York Academy of Art. Her figurative portraits explore the narratives in familiar scenes of Latino family life. Info: @jessicaalazraki1.

Anton Pitkänen, Top Honors including Clio Award
A freelance designer and art director in Helsinki, Finland, Anton Pitkänen developed an exceptional visual language using mixed media to achieve free-hanging, cloth-like art pieces evoking a meditative aura. He was in the top three of the Basware International Art Competition in 2019. Info: @antonpitkanen.

David Straange, Winning Artist 
From Charlotte, North Carolina, based in New York, Mr. Straange explores various styles from Neo-Minimalist to Neo-geo. His work conveys city life’s chaotic energy—the primal, the civil, and everything in-between. Info: @davidstraange.

Svetlana Akhmadieva
Originally from Russia, Svetlana Akhmadieva is a Brand Strategist at PepsiCo; she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Design from New York City College of Technology. She has made a home in the New York Design Community, where she advocates integrating design into all aspects of a business. Ms. Akhmadieva’s artwork is nuanced and complex, form as language, rejecting nihilism, and embracing its diversity. Info: @vidi_veni_amavi. 

Hyun Jung JiBorn in South Korea, Ms. Hyun Jung lives and works in Los Angeles. She trained as a painter at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she began to develop her meticulous, illustrative approach to art. Each work is an evocative deep dive into her consciousness and memories. She was featured in MvVO ART’s debut AD ART SHOW in 2018 at Sotheby’s New York and again in AD ART SHOW 2019. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including Malamegi Lab in Venice, Italy, Artroom Fairs in London, England, and the All-Stars at Art Share in Los Angeles. Info: @hyungjungeee_ji.

Jeremy HoweA self-taught artist from a family of award-winning artists, Mr. Howe holds a degree in geology from New Mexico Tech. The expertise he puts to great use as his medium of choice is fireworks. His work “pyroglyphs” (fire writing) captures the excitement of colored smoke and oxidation on paper, winning him museum exhibits, including the Ft. Collins Museum of Contemporary Art and the International Museum of Art in El Paso. Info: @roswellartist.

Danilo Rinaldini
Seventeen years in graphic design inspired Mr. Rinaldini to work with clippings, old illustrations, and other intriguing materials. He created the word Vakendöd—Be Awake/Dead for his multi-disciplinary, black and white project encompassing collage, painting, sound design, sculpture, fashion design, and jewelry. Info: @vakendod.

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