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Judges’ comments: “Another great use of color, shape and movement that begs for contemplation.”

Biennale Peschiera del Garda Contest Winners

Veneto, Italy - March 31 – April 3, 2017

Lorena Fernandez

​"What is Love 2"

First Prize

Rita Fortunato


Facebook Prize 

Berlin "I Segnalati" contest results

ARTmiration LLC is the proud promoter and sponsor of Texas artists into
​international art events.

Sayra Vallejo is a self-taught abstract artist based in Houston, Texas. Sayra believes that art reflects affairs of the heart, mind, body, and soul and her goal is to create inspiring art to shift the vibes on Earth. Through art, she also aims to bring communities together, allowing people something new to relate to besides the norm.

"Art should grow with us and reflect to us our ever-changing perspective. I create to ignite fire and passion in us all."

Learn more about Sayra here:,

Judges’ comments:  “This artwork’s vibrancy and color technique seems to depict blending into unity.”

 “Running Velveteen Woman” will be featured in a full-page color advertisement in ArtHouston Magazine, Fall 2017 issue.

Tonya Engel, a self-taught artist, was born in Houston, Texas and has established studios in New York, Paris, Austin and Houston, where she presently resides. Her work is heavily influenced by folk artists of the Deep South, as well as contemporary Masters: Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, Romare Beardon and Gustav Klimpt. Her style engages figurative form and stirs in a cocktail of vivid color, symbolism and narrative.
Learn more about Tonya here:

Art by Michelli Cockburn

Grand Prize winner: Tonya Engel Foster

We are proud of our Peschiera contest winners who represented Houston well! Rita Fortunato was that contest's Facebook winner, and won automatic entry into the Berlin contest. Thanks to our event organizers, Russo Studio Di Consultenza Artistica, Rita's winning has been upgraded and she will also exhibit in Berlin along with Michelli and the Berlin contest Grand Prize winner. Congrats Rita! 
(Note: The Berlin Facebook Prize will be announced prior to open voting. Rita's Facebook prize, and upgrade, are not representative of the prize that will be offered to the Berlin Facebook winner, but you never know what surprises await!)

Thanks to all the artists who participated in ARTmiration’s second International

It was a pleasure meeting so many established artists and discovering new local talent.

We had a great response, from which 32 artists were selected as finalists. 

Oil and mixed media on Wood
24x24x2 inches

Second Prize winner: Sayra Vallejo


Acrylic on canvas
48x60 inches
Contact Sayra for pricing:

"Drippage" will be featured in a full-page color advertisement in Art International Contemporary Magazine – Italy, September/October 2017 issue.

Third Prize winner: Brianna Rivas

"I am a recent high school graduate with an interest in pursuing art as a professional career. With my art, I hope to unite people and make others happy just as it makes me happy."

You may contact Brianna here:

"Gypsy" will be exhibited at the InArte Werkkunst Art Gallery in Berlin, Germany. In addition, Tonya and her artwork will be featured in a four-page layout of the I Segnalati art catalog.


Judges’ comments:  “We chose this artwork for the great stylistic abilities and the beauty of the subject represented.”

Teresa Staley

​"First Course"

Second Prize

Lenora Palacios

"Fighting Bull"

Third Prize

Gilbert Ruiz


Grand Prize

"Running Velveteen Woman"
Acrylic on cardboard
12x18 inches