DUBAI, Artists shortlisted for the AED 2.3 million Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award will create and display their stunning 3D artworks at the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival to be held in City Walk from 1 to 7 March 2017.

The shortlist features an eclectic group of accomplished international 3D artists who bring diverse creative perspectives and technical skills.

Dubai Canvas 2017 is organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Meraas, one of Dubai's leading holding companies.

Project Manager of Dubai Canvas 2017 Ayesha bin Kalli said, "The third edition of Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival brings together some of the most exciting artists in the global 3D art world. The artists featured in the Festival are all people who are constantly experimenting with new styles, techniques and perspectives to push the boundaries of this unique genre of art. We expect this year's Festival to be another great carnival of art and creativity."

"The AED2.3 million Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award saw a total of 122 entries from 35 countries. Artists who submitted proposals for the Award represent almost 80% of the global community of 3D artists. The initial selection committee shortlisted 25 artists for the final round of the Award. Their works will be featured in the third Dubai Canvas Festival taking place in March. We are confident that the stunning art on display at the Festival will attract large audiences across all ages," Bin Kalli added.

Many of the 25 artists in the shortlist are international luminaries in the 3D art world. Versatile Italian artist Tony Cuboliquido was the first to experiment with anamorphic 3D art and animated art with video mapping. His works have been commissioned by some of the world's largest companies including Disney, Universal Cinema, Luxottica, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Samsung and Unilever. Cuboliquido's works can be seen in the 'Basilica of the Nativity' in Bethlehem and the Basilica of the 'Virgin of Nativity' in Mexico City.

Dima Fatum, a Ukrainian street artist's works are characterised by unique experiments with different artistic styles and genres including surrealism, the 'double' images and calligraphy. His work also combines post-graffiti and abstract graffiti styles.

American artist John Pugh's works focus primarily on 3D wall murals. Pugh has received numerous public and private commissions in the United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand. His particular mural style sparked the term 'Narrative Illusionism'.

German artist Ella Mundt has collaborated with the well-known street artists Manfred Stader and Edgar M?ller. She runs a studio for commissioned works with special focus on portraits.

Gennaro Troia, an accomplished Italian pavement artist, is the founder of the Neapolitan School of Madonnari, a group of artists who have exhibited their unique creations across the world.

Hungarian artist Fat Heat, who calls himself an 'addict' to graffiti art, got bitten by the art bug in 1998 when he first encountered another artist's work on some buildings near his home. His works can be found in the form of large murals throughout Europe.

Andres Iglesias Petroselli, an Argentinian artist's work has been displayed in Brazil, Spain, France and Netherlands apart from Argentina. Also known as Cobre, Petroselli is one of Argentina's major 3D artists.

Russian artist Danila Shmelev, who has previously worked as a tattoo artist, started painting 3D art after she worked in a 3D illusion museum. She took part in the uinternational art festival 'Stenograffia' with two 3D artworks.

A jury comprising of renowned international and local artists will evaluate the 25 shortlisted artworks to select three winners of the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Festival. There will also be a 'People's Choice' award based on votes from the public.

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017 aims to build on the success of last year's Festival. The 2016 event, which featured the works of a wide array of artists from across the world, received an overwhelming response from both residents and visitors to Dubai.

Source: Emirates News Agency