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Internationally-Renowned Artist Raffi Kalenderian To Judge Our The Body Electric Showdown

We are very excited to announce that internationally-renowned artist Raffi Kalenderian will be judging the final round of our The Body Electric competition!


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Raffi Kalenderian is an LA based artist who paints observational portraits within richly textured backgrounds. He currently has an exhibition on view at Susanne Vielmetter Projects in Los Angeles and is also represented by Galerie Peter Kilchmann in Zurich. Reviews of his works have appeared in publications such as Art in America, Modern Painters, and Frieze.



How is Showdown Judged?

After the submission period ends, the First Round of voting begins. During the First Round, the community and Saatchi Art curators vote for the 300 longlisted artists who will advance to the Second Round. Of these 300, 50 artworks are selected exclusively through the Community Vote and 250 are selected by Saatchi Art curators. The 50 works from the Community Vote are those receiving the highest average ranking during the First Round. The curators finalize their selections after the results of the Community Vote have been determined so as to ensure no overlap.

During the Second Round, a jury led by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and Director of Artist Development of Saatchi Art, selects the 30 shortlisted artists whose works will go through to the Final Round.

The Final Round of judging is done by an internationally-renowned artist, such as this Showdown’s judge, Raffi Kalenderian, who will choose the ten finalists, including a winner and a runner-up.

It’s important to remember that Showdown is not a popularity contest in terms of who can manipulate social media most effectively. What the Community Vote provides is a chance for the community to voice their opinions. Ultimately, the winner is determined by the judge who chooses works from among a highly-selected pool of art.

Many thanks to those who have submitted entries and all those who participated in the Community Vote.

The winner and runner-up of The Body Electric will receive USD $1000 and USD $500 respectively.

Best of luck in the remaining rounds!