Congratulations to Our The Body Electric Showdown Winner, Runner-Up, and Finalists


We are happy to announce that judge Raffi Kalenderian has chosen Hormazd Narielwalla as the winner of The Body Electric Showdown and Maarten Van Den Bos as the runner-up of our The Body Electric Showdown competition.


The Body Electric Showdown Winner: “Le Petit Echo de la Mode No. 5” by Hormazd Narielwalla

 Praising the high standard of entries, Raffi said:

I loved the colors and composition of Hormazd Narielwalla’s piece. The scale of the work also seemed perfect. When I read about his process of making collages and finding radical abstraction within antique tailoring patterns, sourced from a Parisian fashion magazine, I thought: “This is an artist after my own heart.”

Maarten Van Den Bos’ work struck me as wonderfully beguiling. The scale for this work seemed important, too. I wish I could see it in person. The line between figuration and abstraction is handled in a superior way. There is a psychic energy between the figures, and I dig it.


 Runner-Up: “Forest Conspiracy” by Maarten Van Den Bos

Browse all of Raffi Kalenderian’s Top 10 picks:

First Place: “Le Petit Echo de la Mode No. 5” by Hormazd Narielwalla

Runner-Up: “Forest Conspiracy” by Maarten Van Den Bos

“The Queen” by Anna Madia

“Her Body Becomes a Landscape” by Ronny Broeckx

“Betty” by Wilfrid Moizan

“Untitled” by Kirsten Strauss

“Portrait of Gugui” by Julien Corcoran Porisse

“Velvet pElvis” by Stephan Fowlkes 

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Melinda Matyas

“Ipanema” by Kathryn Dunlevie

Thank You

Many thanks to all those who submitted entries. We were thrilled with the high quality of the more than 4,000 submissions. We also thank those who participated in the community vote during the First Round.

Stay tuned for our next Showdown!

One Comment

  1. It’s quite a satisfaction to be in a top 10 in a showdown. I saw many pieces that did not make the top 30 and I thought were extremely good. I thank Rebecca Wilson and Raffi Kalenderian for their approval.
    The major satisfaction was the painting which I had been delaying quite a long time (my lovely patient wife called Gugui) who dances around in the art studio… do any of you artists do so?


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