Photo LA Art Expo 2016

Manss Aval – Solo Show in the 25th Annual International Photo L.A. Exposition

Photo LA Art Expo 2016

Manss Aval has recently returned from his Solo Art Show at Photo L.A.. The artist’s award-winning photographs were featured in the  25th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, held at the The Reef in Los Angeles.

The International Photographic Art Exposition – Photo L.A. proudly celebrated its 25th anniversary fair on January 21-24, 2016 at The Reef, located in the historic LA Mart building in Downtown Los Angeles. The art event kicked off  on January 21st with the Opening Night Gala, held in honor of artist James Welling with the proceeds benefiting Best Buddies International.

Photo L.A. has a long and rich history of bringing the photographic and arts communities together. Each year expands the uniquely diverse showcase of photographic art, ranging from 19th Century works to contemporary and innovative photo-based art. Galleries, dealers, museums, schools, and non-profit organizations participate to define what photography has been, what it is today, and what it might evolve into.

Over the last 25 years, Photo L.A.’s commitment in showcasing unique and visually powerful photographic art has resulted in a large, loyal following of dedicated collectors, diverse gallery representation, and wide-ranging art enthusiasts. The show sees an average of 12,000 guests attending and celebrating photography in its many glorious forms.

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Manss Aval Art Displayed at Photo LA
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Manss Aval Solo Art Show at Photo L.A.


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Winners Announced for the 2015 Monochrome Photography Awards

Monochrome Awards 2015

Every year the Monochrome Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for Professional and Amateur photographers. Their primary mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover most amazing photographers from around the world.

Artist Manss Aval recently won two Honorable Mentions for his breathtaking piece, ‘Salk Institute’ in the Architecture Category and his multi-award winning piece, ‘Devil No Prada’ in the Fashion and Beauty Category.   The honorable mentions for his fine art photography will be included in the Monochrome Photography Awards Annual Book.

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The special Monochrome Photography Book features all the Honorable Mention winners and includes the work of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, along with other entries that the competition judges felt were worthy of commendation from both the professional and amateur sections.

Australian photographer Luke Tscharke was announced the overall winner of Professional category with his winning image, called ‘Barossa Bolt’. Barossa Bolt shows a large storm and lightning strikes over the Barossa Valley, South Australia. In the Amateur category, German photographer Hans Wichmann was announced the Monochrome Discovery of the Year, a title given to the overall winner in the Amateur category for his work, ‘Mosque‘.

The 2015 Monochrome Awards received 7212 submissions from 79 countries around the world. Winning images were selected by panel of international judges, including: Allison Barnes, Katarina Balgavy, Claire A. Warden, Anna Filipova, Rebecca Cairns, Ted Preuss, David Fokos, Roman Loranc, David Johndrow, Stefano Brunesci, Tomasz Lazar, Dominique Bollinger, Andre Brito, Giacomo Brunelli and Martin Stavars.

About Manss Aval
Manss Aval is an artist and long-time fine art photographer who works and resides in San Diego, California. Inspired by Nature’s patterns and textures his works transform inanimate objects into faces, designs and complete figures that present our environment in a different, more intimate perspective. As primary medium he concentrates on photography, acrylic and oil on canvas, and mixed media techniques. Among his other interests are sculptures, video and film. He has a broad background in media, communications and the sciences (including a Ph.D.).

Manss Aval: Colorida Art Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal

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Artist Manss Aval‘s art will be displayed February 13-26, 2016 in the famous Colorida Art Gallery,  in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Colorida Art Gallery is located by the St. George’s Castle in Lisbon, Portugal in a historical building more than 150 years old. The space for exhibitions spans 300 m² and allows for  Colorida to present an eclectic program that characterizes the current art, promoting the plurality of languages. The Colorida presents in its exhibitions, emerging and mid-career artists working in different forms of art, such as painting, photography, object design, furniture design and ceramic art. The exhibitions are wonderfully accompanied by catalogs with the featured Artist’s work in high resolution, enabling visitors an analysis of the artist’s work in the best of high fidelity exposure possible.

About the Colorida Art Gallery

Colorida Art Gallery, located in Lisbon, Portugal, and has been “living and breathing art” for over 7 years. The gallery organizes exhibitions of contemporary art in a building more than a century old. The neighborhood where the gallery is located in is known as Mouraria, one of the most popular neighborhoods in Lisbon. It was at this neighborhood that “Fado” was born and many famous Fado singers were also born in Mouraria.

Colorida exhibits artworks literally, from around the world and painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, watercolor, are displayed at Colorida’s magnificent space.

The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 1:30PM to 7:00PM. Art admirers are granted free access to tour the Gallery and view the artwork of Artists from around the world.

The Colorida Art Gallery is located at:  Rua Costa do Castelo 63, Lisbon, Portugal. Click here to view a map to the gallery.

Colorida Art Gallery

“Show Your World” International Art Competition, New York


Artist Manss Aval has been invited to participate in the upcoming “Show Your World” International Art Competition. The event will take place on January 15-17, 2016 at the Gallery MC New York. The art exhibit is being hosted by ARTISTE International Art Organization in collaboration with Gallery MCNYC.

“Show Your World” International Art Competition brings together artists of various media from more than 43 countries. The art competition requires that all the Artists submit their best artwork reflecting and depicting the world as they see it.

About “Show Your World”

The “Show Your World” exhibit is about artistic vision and interpretation of the world and life. The works are diverse in media and assumptions as much as the vision of hundreds of artists can vary, and thus are absolutely unique.

Twenty finalists of the art competition have a chance to exhibit their original artwork while the work of all participating artists will be demonstrated digitally.

About Gallery MC New York

MCNYC is a non-profit multicultural interdisciplinary art gallery committed to the research, production, presentation and interpretation of contemporary art. The gallery supports emerging artists and explores ideas at the junction of arts, performance, and architecture.

MCNYC has an open yet critical approach to the possible meanings of art in contemporary society. The gallery presents various arts: visual arts, architecture, dance, media arts, music, theatre, writing and publishing, interdisciplinary work and performance art, and encourages collaboration across these disciplines. It does this through exhibitions, performances, lectures, symposia, residencies, publications, multicultural events and educational programs.

MCNYC does synesthesia of creativity in the widest sense of the word. We believe in crosspollination, mutations, and integration of discourses across the artistic fields. We present the place where the fusion of ideas transforms the reality and open venues of lucid thinking.” – Learn more about GalleryMC here.

Event Details

Don’t miss the show! January 15-17, 2016 at 549 West 52nd Street, 8th Floor (Between 10th and 11th Avenue)

Gallery MCNYC is open Monday & Tuesday by Appointment; Wed – Friday Noon to 6pm; Saturday 1pm to 6pm. Call the Gallery for more information at Phone: 212.581.1966



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Manss Aval MD Visions

Natural Worlds Art Show

Digital Photographer magazine, in conjunction with Exhibitoo, recently held an art competition, the Natural Worlds Art Show. The art competition featured a wonderful piece of Manss Aval’s fine art photography titled,  MD Visions (below). MD Visions exhibits how the Artist’s creativity is applied in bird photography.

The Artist was highly commended for his art  and is now featured on the Digital Photographer Website, Natural World Photography Contest Winners Revealed.

‘MD Visions’ by Manss Aval

Manss Aval MD Visions


About Manss Aval

Manss Aval is an artist and long-time fine art photographer who works and resides in San Diego, California. He studied at the University of Hamburg and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has a broad background in media, communications and the sciences (including a Ph.D.). As primary medium he concentrates on photography, acrylic and oil, and mixed media techniques. Among his other interests are sculptures, video and film.

Inspired by Nature’s patterns and textures his works transform inanimate objects into faces, designs and complete figures that present our environment in a different, more intimate perspective. Manss’ abstract expressionism brims with free, gestural strokes, a rich palette and radiates emotive energy. As one art critic remarked, ’his work is characterized by a sense of impromptu and instinctive freedom’.

About Digital Photographer

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PHOTOcentric’s 2015 New York Gallery Show Happening Now

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PHOTOcentric 2015 Gallery Art Show in New York
Artist Manss Aval is participating in the PHOTOcentric’s 2015 New York Gallery Show. The show started on December 5 and continues until January 10, 2016.

His photo Break (below) was selected for inclusion in the grand event. The art show is being hosted at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York. To visit the event, make your way to the Garrison Art Center at 23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY 10524. Alternatively, call them for more information at 845.424.3960. The Art Center is open Tues-Sun, 10-5 and the show ends on Sunday, January 10, 2016. 

About PHOTOcentric

Now entering its seventh year, the PHOTOcentric Annual  International Juried Photography Exhibition has clearly established itself as an exhibition of outstanding fine art photography.

Artists from across the United States and from across the globe submit their work for possible inclusion in the show. 

Art Gallery Jurors

Past jurors include Malcolm Daniel, Alice Rose George, Harvey Stein, Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Stephen Perloff, Elizabeth Opalenik, Robert Mann, Cig Harvey, Robin Rice,  and in 2014 Marvin Heiferman. In 2015 we are pleased to announce our Juror will be Julie Saul. To view the PHOTOcentric show prospectus please click here.

“Break” by Manss Aval  

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Image: PHOTOcentric 2015 Gallery Art Show in New York by PHOTOcentric


YICCA 2015 International Contest of Contemporary Art


Artist Manss Aval‘s artwork was entered into the YICCA International Contest of Contemporary Art, 2015. Two of Aval’s pieces were highlighted in the contest, At the Beach, which has won numerous recognitions around the world, and Dante’s Visit, which is also been an extremely popular piece.

Dante’s Visit is exquisitely painted in oil and according to the Artist, Manss Aval, inspired by Dante’s Inferno.

At the Beach is fine art photography at it’s very finest. Manss Aval describes the artwork as a great depiction of the “Solitude and anonymity, particularly for the elderly, is one of the striking features of Western society.”

At the Beach by Manss Aval

At the Beach by Manss Aval

At the Beach – Solitude and anonymity, particularly for the elderly is one of the striking features of Western society


Dante’s Visit by Manss Aval


Dante’s Visit – Inspired by Dante’s Inferno


The first and second winners will receive a prizes of $3000 and $1000 respectively. The selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit the submitted works in an art gallery of a European city during November 2015. The winning artists works will be published on the catalogue ‘YICCA 2015′ and the selected artists will have the opportunity to stay in Prague free of charge during the events opening.

About the YICCA Art Exhibition

The Art Contest’s primary aim is to share artistic talent with the world. The YICCA Art Exhibition debuted in 2009 and due to its large success and 1000+ participants, continues on in 2015. The competition is open to all types of artwork and all techniques are allowed to enter. This includes videos, performances and installations.

Art Association Aps Moho puts on the YICCA Art Exhibit and uses its experience in art promotion to successfully provide due attention to those truly talented artist around the world whom are selected to participate.  A primary goal of the association is to hold artistic events and competitions involving young talent from all across Europe.

Manss Aval Art Review by Curator of PAKS Gallery

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Artist Manss Aval received praise for his artistic abilities in a recent review by Heinz Playner, Curator of PAKS Gallery on Art News.

The review was translated from German into English and reads as follows:

Manss Aval shows the viewer a fascinating world with his works. [His]
incredibly multi-faceted technique in a contemporary style inspires and
engenders sensitive feelings and intelligently encourages the sense of the
endless freedom of his art. His talent to evoke fantasy by creating a
magical atmosphere in his artworks shows him as a master of fine art “.

– Heinz Playner, Curator of PAKS Gallery, 2015, Art News Contemporary and Modern Art

About the PAKS Gallery

PAKS GalleryPAKS Gallery is a gallery for contemporary art in Austria between Vienna, Salzburg and Munich (Germany).  The Gallery is international active in consulting of high quality contemporary art. With more than 140.000 Follower PAKS Gallery is one of the most popular galleries in Europe.

Many private and corporate collectors come to PAKS Gallery to be introduced to  new artists, those with existing perspective, and the well- established artists too. With PAKS Gallery exhibitions being in a number of countries and seen in different venues, art fairs art museums and artistic collaborations, the exposure benefits both the Artist and the Art Collectors as well.  The gallery’s art exhibitions are frequented by art collectors from around the world who travel to see the new stars and established names of the international art world.

The PAKS Gallery is known for sharing works of international Artists from around the world in categories such as photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media art.



Image Courtesy: PAKS Gallery in Castle Hubertendorf  PAKS Gallery

Gala Awards Honors Photographer Manss Aval

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SAN DIEGO (December 14, 2015) – Professional photographer and visual artist MANSS AVAL of San Diego was presented with the UK-based Worldwide Photography Gala Awards Finalist title in the category of People at the prestigious Nomination of the Pollux Awards, 8th Edition, Sunday, December 13, 2015.   His entry was a series entitled: “Longing” consisting of five images: “At the Beach”, “Object of Desires’,Break’, “What’s Missing” and “Gini at Cafe de Paris”.

The 8th Pollux Awards’ pre-selection was done by JULIO HARDY and The Gala Awards’ curators team, and the juror of the final selection was FRANK MEO, based in New York and a renowned photographers’ agent.  Frank was former Director of Photography Assignments of Getty Images US, and is currently running the site who connects photographers with art buyers.

Over 9,000 images were submitted to the 8th Pollux awards, from 42 countries.

Pollux finalists will also be invited to participate in the 4th BIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY BERLIN 2016. This biennial is considered by industry insiders as perhaps one of the most important photographic exhibitions to be held in Europe in 2016.

MANSS AVAL was also selected as finalist for several other photos in the 7th edition of the Pollux Awards earlier in 2015. MANSS AVAL’s art and photography is gaining increasing recognition in the art world with over 30 prestigious international awards in 2015 alone. His work has been exhibited in over 70 international shows, including the Louvre in Paris. In the words of one critic, “Aval’s gripping photography always evokes deep emotions in the viewer”.  Another critic notes “Aval redefines the boundaries between photography and painting, creating powerful images, where the painting technique is inspired by the artifacts and camouflage effects of the camera”.

The selected Pollux Awards’ winning photographs will be posted on Gala Awards Gallery on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

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10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Honors Photographer Manss Aval

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LOS ANGELES (December 3, 2015) – Professional photographer MANSS AVAL of San Diego was presented with the 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee title in the categories of Architectural, Nature, and People at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 21, 2015.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Bonhams, Random House, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Stockholm City Museum, Annenberg Foundation, Leo Burnett, FTM Art Advisory and Fratelli Alinari who honored Spider Fellows with 505 coveted title awards and 943 nominees in 31 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,686 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Manss Aval’s “Out of Nowhere,” an exceptional image entered in the Architectural category, “Wagner Moment” in the Nature category, and “At the Beach” and “Break” in the People category, represent black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

Jury member Diane Ruggie from Velocebella agency added, “The gallery of winners and runners up has true stopping power.”

Black and White Spider Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

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