STATEMENT: BE OPEN Art announces the Artist of the Year 2023

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STATEMENT: BE OPEN Art announces the Artist of the Year 2023

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LONDON, February 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- BE OPEN Art, an online gallery designed by Elena Baturina's BE OPEN think tank, is pleased to announce the Artist of the Year 2023, selected by majority vote from the ratings monthly.

BE OPEN congratulates talented Rwandan visual artist Jean D'amour Imanishimwe. Graduate of Nyundo School of Art. Since 2017, he is co-founder of the HUZA ARTS RWANDA gallery whose aim is to give a platform to young local artists to exhibit and sell their artworks.

With the aim of making young talents known, every month for three years, BE OPEN Art invites art fans to choose the best artist among the 20 exhibited in the online gallery. The artist whose works obtain the most votes throughout the year will become the Artist of the Year and will receive 1,000 euros.

To be featured in the gallery, BE OPEN Art selects artists early in their career who emphasize social awareness, philosophical meaning and aesthetic solutions to the ills of the contemporary world, such as inequality, lack of diversity, environmental problems and consumerism. In a way, the project sees its mission as finding new influencers on the art scene, and invites everyone to contribute to this process.

BE OPEN founder Elena Baturina stated: "We congratulate the winner and admire his art, as well as his commitment to helping other young artists in Rwanda. It is a great pleasure to support these types of initiatives developed by young artists and for young artists. , and Jean will receive a BE OPEN scholarship.

"BE OPEN Art is proud to showcase the extraordinary young talent we find around the world, and to provide artists with visibility and the opportunity to comment on art and, therefore, to influence the lives of the people who do it. "We applaud all the selected artists and thank everyone who has voted throughout the year."

BE OPEN Art is an online art gallery created by the BE OPEN foundation with the ambition of offering emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their work to the world. In 2023, a regional competition was created for those artists who best represent the artistic identity of their regions, which will continue in 2024.

BE OPEN is a global initiative to foster creativity and innovation, founded and supported by international philanthropist and businesswoman Elena Baturina.

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