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2012 RAWards National Finalists
Visual Artist of the Year

AbstractDak

AbstractDak

atlanta

My journey as an Artist started in Syracuse New York where my imagination was free to roam. I realiz…
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Chaney Shores

Chaney Shores

austin

I\'m originally from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, but have been living in this wonderful city off & on fo…
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Gel Jamlang

Gel Jamlang

baltimore

Gel is a Filipino artist living in Baltimore. She studied at the University of the Philippines colle…
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Sector Seventeen

Sector Seventeen

boise

Collin Pfeifer and Solomon Hawk Sahlein comprise the artist collective Sector Seventeen. Rooted in g…
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Nick Nazzaro

Nick Nazzaro

boston

I\'m a Boston native, currently studying at The Art Institute of Boston, trying to make it in the wo…
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Hunter

Hunter

boulder

I am a 25 year old local Boulder artist, originally from Melbourne Beach, Florida but have lived her…
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Trina Merry

Trina Merry

brooklyn

\"Surreal... masterful marvel\" -Daily Mail. \"Trina Merry\'s amazing work blurs the lines of realit…
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Suzy Kopf

Suzy Kopf

brooklyn

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Suzy Kopf has lived in NYC since 2007. She graduated fro…
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Allison Osborn

Allison Osborn

chicago

Allison Osborn grew up on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Indiana. With views of inspirat…
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Darth Skull

Darth Skull

cincinnati

There is something cool about being able to take things that don\'t exist anywhere but your mind, an…
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Dáreece Jordan Walker

Dáreece Jordan …

coloradosprings

I have always loved drawing and being creative. The more I work and create, the more I\'ve come to n…
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Jennifer Jacobs

Jennifer Jacobs

connecticut

Due to my artist mother and graphic designer father I grew up with a natural interest in art. I was …
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Mandylopandy

Mandylopandy

dallas

(Age: 26) Mandylopandy is a one girl operation based out of Dallas // Ft. Worth. After pursuing a ca…
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Aaron Acker

Aaron Acker

denver

Traditional artist Aaron Acker, specializing in portraits, florals, landscapes, and transportation b…
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Meagan Tron

Meagan Tron

desmoines

Born in Canada and raised in Iowa this air brush artist’s creations are astonishing in their scope…
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Melissa Rivera

Melissa Rivera

honolulu

It has always been my dream to create unique things and share them with the world. I was born and…
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Leslie Roades

Leslie Roades

houston

I am an art teacher and painter living in Houston, Texas. In 2009 I graduated from Trinity Universi…
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JennaMishelow

JennaMishelow

indianapolis

***RAWards 2012 VISUAL ARTS WINNER*** Jenna Mishelow went to Herron School of Art and Design majo…
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Kristen Paulson

Kristen Paulson

kansascity

I am a self taught embroidery artist, living in Kansas City, Missouri. By day, I work as a Medical C…
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Teresa Maharaj

Teresa Maharaj

lasvegas

Art became the driving force of expression for Teresa from tender the age of 5 when she first saw he…
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Anthony Smyers

Anthony Smyers

longbeach

Ever since he was a child Anthony has been drawing, whether it was practicing drawing what he saw in…
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iBelieve

iBelieve

losangeles

My name is Haydee Reveles (25 years old) born and raised in Los Angeles. I have a big imagination, a…
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OMOCAT

OMOCAT

losangeles

I am the artist known as OMOCAT, and I like to create. I specialize in animated illustration, also c…
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Christy Grace

Christy Grace

madison

Christy Grace is a passionate artist and face and body painter. Her visual art ranges from cute and …
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Charles Leano

Charles Leano

miami

My name is Charles Leano and I am an up and coming artist native to Miami. Art is my life and passio…
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Michael Bellotti

Michael Bellotti

minneapolis

Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. The word …
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Jon Buko

Jon Buko

nashville

My art is an extension of me, of my passion for life, and those who inspire me, past or present. I f…
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Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

neworleans

My ideas do not necessarily precede any logical order. My art sometimes set another idea off in an u…
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Arber Thano

Arber Thano

newyork

I grew up in Albania, a conservative country, which was controlled by communism for over 50 years. T…
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Brad VonB

Brad VonB

oklahomacity

Born in Oklahoma City, Brad aka BradVonB has been creating and studying art independently since chil…
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Mariusz 'UTZiiie' Mierzwa

Mariusz 'UTZiiie…

orangecounty

Made in Poland. Raised in Cali.
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Bill Morrisey

Bill Morrisey

orlando

Bill Morrisey (painter/photographer) creates large format canvases that incorporate vibrant colors, …
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Chroma Dolls

Chroma Dolls

philadelphia

Chroma Dolls is a collective duo of talented female artists (Kala Hagopian & Ali Williams) based in …
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D Nietz

D Nietz

phoenix

My name is D Nietz. I am a modern avant-garde artist highly influenced by pop art and pop culture. I…
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Jeff Langevin

Jeff Langevin

portland

I am a freelance artist & designer currently living in Eugene, Oregon. My work includes emotional, f…
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Casey Alia Buchanan

Casey Alia Bucha…

raleigh

Born in Raleigh, NC and raised in Person County, Casey grew up surrounded by the arts. With a singe…
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Bryce Chisholm

Bryce Chisholm

reno

I have painted in nearly every medium there is from oil, acrylic, water color, spray paint and basic…
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Mathew Sanchez

Mathew Sanchez

riverside

I started my first pencil sketches at a young age, due to the fixation i had with comics. I since th…
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Adrian Andrade

Adrian Andrade

riverside


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James Dejeu

James Dejeu

sacramento

Paying attention to the details reveals a clearer sense of character and this manifests in James Dej…
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Anthony Granato

Anthony Granato

saltlakecity

Anthony Granato has self-diagnosed ‘Art ADD.’ This stems from an intense love for all art; paint…
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Moe Profane

Moe Profane

sanantonio

Yes, I am profane, in that I refuse to prostrate myself before symbolic meaning. Nothing is sacred b…
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Stefanie Bales

Stefanie Bales

sandiego

As a novice artist, my pursuit was to portray objective reality- a literal representation of the wor…
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Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

sanfrancisco

My love for bright colors and surrealistic imagery started early on. As a young child, I was ins…
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Timothy Stephens

Timothy Stephens

seattle

I\'ve always been drawn to the beauty and pageantry of masks; the way they enhance, transform, or hi…
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Ara Lyman

Ara Lyman

spokane

Born in Bend, Oregon Ara spent most of her young life in the north eastern forests of Washington sta…
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Vodka Bacon Studios

Vodka Bacon Stud…

stlouis

I love creating whimsical, fun, cartoon style paintings with a contemporary twist. My art is colorfu…
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MAM

MAM

tucson

As a young child, native Tucsonan MAM remembers spending Sunday afternoons watching classic horror f…
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Coy Johnson

Coy Johnson

tulsa

I\'m a self taught artist. I started oil painting in 1986 at age 11. I painted for a few years, tri…
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Jon Blackburn

Jon Blackburn

ventura

As a commercial digital artist for over 10 years, Jonathan has focused his body of work in Multimedi…
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The Art Monkeys

The Art Monkeys

washingtondc

ART IS FOR EVERYBODY! The Art Monkeys\' primary artistic mission is to make art accessible to all…
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