These 20 Painters Are Going to the Finals of 2019 Painting Competition

The perseverance of young artists taking part in the Painting Competition year after year pays off. This is evidenced by the 14th edition of the already well-established VUB Foundation initiative. Out of 96 talents enrolled, this year's international jury selected 20 painters, of whom as many as 18 have tried their luck in this form already in the past. The best three artists will be announced in September. The VUB Foundation will support the winners in their further work with the total amount of EUR 20,000.

The current edition of the Painting Competition knows its 20 finalists. The following artists will compete for success in the next phase of the competition (in alphabetical order): Jana Bednárová, Peter Cvik, Roman Ďurček, Oskar Felber, Michal Fízik, Monika Germušková Vrancová, Paulína Halasová, Eva Hettmer, Rita Koszorús, Patrik Kriššák, Patrik Kucha, Lucia Oleňová, Samuel Paučo, Margaréta Petržalová, Andrea Priecelová, Simona Štulerová, Eva Töröková, Michal Turkovič, Lucia Veselá and Jana Zatvarnická. Five of these authors had been selected for the final rounds already during some of the previous years of the competition, which only confirms their artistic quality.

The Jury Team for 2019

A total of 96 new artworks by young authors have been assessed by an international jury that always works in a different four-member set up, and this time the female view of modern European painting prevails. This year the current twenty finalists as well as the winners will be chosen by the painter and pedagogue from the Czech Republic, Daniel Balabán, the British gallerist Rózsa Farkas, the director of Východoslovenská galéria (The East Slovak Gallery) and the curator Dorota Kenderová and the Hungarian expert on contemporary fine art and curator Róna Kopeczky.

Another Sequel in Autumn

After assessing the originals of the 20 finalists, at the end of September the jury will select three winners, who will receive the prize money of € 3,500, € 6,500 and € 10,000 along with invaluable references for their artistic future. The best young painters of the year will be announced during the opening of the exhibition of the competition’s finalists in Bratislava's Nedbalka Gallery. The VUB Foundation will make the complete set of the twenty paintings available for close viewing also to the general public in form of free admission to the exhibition that will run from 27 September to 27 October.

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