The ambassadors of the Arte Laguna Prize are the representatives of the competition’s activities in various countries around the world. They collaborate as enthusiasts and art lovers, sensitive and attentive to cultural exchanges, to the dissemination of opportunities for artists in order to enhance art and international culture.

Tim van den Oudenhoven | Arte Laguna Prize

Tim van den Oudenhoven – Germany / Belgium

Tim van den Oudenhoven is a photographic artist and founder and curator of ExtractArt, a multidisciplinary project involving pop-up exhibitions, book publishing, and online gallery activities.
As an artist, his works explore the limits of the photographic medium, using a variety of analog and digital techniques. His work focuses on the limitations of photography as a bearer of truth, and moves away from the medium’s purported adherence to objectivity. While the starting point is always photographic, the end result can explore various artistic fields, from sculpture to performance art.
In 2019, he founded ExtractArt, a platform combining book publishing with a pop-up gallery, presenting exhibitions in locations around Berlin as well as through participation in a number of art fairs around Germany. Rather than concentrating on a specific medium, ExtractArt’s focus is on offering a platform for talented emerging artists to show their work.
In the 11th edition of the Arte Laguna Prize, Tim won a Special Prize with a Residency at Fallani Venezia Serigraphy and he was also a finalist in the photography section of the 16th edition.

info@timvandenoudenhoven.com | www.timvandenoudenhoven.com | IG: @timvandenoudenhoven

Side Yang | Arte laguna Prize ambassador

Yang Side – China

Founder of VZART Culture & Art Exchange Association and supporter of Italy-San Marino-China cultural exchanges, he is also a forward-looking and exploratory artist with a master’s degree in Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

He is engaged in international and curatorial art analysis and exchanges. He has many years of experience and success in cooperation and liaison between universities, governments and international businesses, as well as in market management and brand marketing. The excellent planning and organization skills, combined with leadership skills, interpersonal relationship management and negotiation have allowed him to become project manager, ambassador and consultant for various institutions in China, Italy and abroad, including the General Chamber of Commerce of Fujian in Italy, CASME – Committee for Investment Development,  Government of Fujian Nanjing County, FISPMED ONLUS – International Federation for Sustainable Development and The Fight against Poverty in the Mediterranean – Black Sea, Alliance of International Contemporary Artists (AICA).  For his experience and knowledge in the artistic field he was appointed Honorary Deputy Director of the Sunshine International Art Museum in Beijing.

Stefano.Yang@hotmail.com | ID WeChat: VZART-Yangside  |  IG: @side.yang

Sona Minasian – Armenia

Sona Minasian develops Armenian contemporary art by building international cultural connection and bridges from America to Asia. She has three educations in the field of art, including art management and cultural project management.

She oversees the only art cluster in downtown Yerevan, ArtKvartal, the capital of Armenia. Helps young artists build professional international careers. 

sona.minasyan@mail.ru | IG: @sona_mi

Heriberto Gomes – Central America

Heriberto Gomes, a passionate visual artist and cultural manager, has had a diverse artistic career, dedicating himself to experimenting with and mastering multiple artistic techniques. As part of his academic background, Heriberto has specialized in Cultural Management and holds a diploma in contemporary art, which has contributed to his ability to understand and appreciate art from various perspectives. He is an active member of several artist associations and organizations in Costa Rica and Mexico, establishing a strong network of collaborators and colleagues within the artistic community. His role as a juror in the 2023 National Biennial Marco Aurelio Aguilar in Costa Rica has further expanded his career, demonstrating his firm commitment to staying updated in his knowledge. Heriberto has showcased his works in individual and collective exhibitions in the United States, Portugal, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Two of his exhibitions have been declared of cultural interest by the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica. With a genuine commitment to social welfare, he co-founded the group “Real Art 4 Good” alongside two other artists. The group’s purpose is to organize collective exhibitions of contemporary art and donate a percentage of sales to charitable institutions. This focus on social responsibility showcases how art can transcend aesthetics and generate a positive impact on the community.

hegogart@gmail.com | www.hegogart.com | Instagram, Facebook & YouTube @hegogart

Anna Borou Yu – China

Anna Borou Yu is a multimedia artist, interdisciplinary researcher, and dancer. She is the Co-founder and Director of MYStudio, an experimental design group in Boston, integrating humanity, art, performance and technology. She has worked as Fellow and Project Lead at Harvard FAS CAMLab, and taught interdisciplinary Design Studios at Tsinghua University, China Academy of Art and Central Academy of Fine Arts. Anna engages in contemporary interpretation of cultural heritage, embodied exhibition and cognitive performance in extended reality, and translation between media from artistic expression to science research. Her artworks have been featured at Venice Biennale, Arte Laguna Prize, Hermes Creative Awards, Lumen Prize Longlist, Ars Electronica Art Gallery, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery, IRCAM FORUM at NYU, Chengdu Biennale, etc. Anna has a strong network of collaborators and institutes within the digital art community in both China and the US. She is the Expert Member of New Media Public Art Committee of Shenzhen Experts United Association, AI Design Lab at Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, ACM Siggraph, and listed on AACYF Top 30 under 30 in 2023. Anna has also lectured and reviewed around the world, including Harvard GSD, Yale University, Brown China Forum, RISD, NYU, UCSD, Design Center of London, and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, etc.

anna.yu@aya.yale.edu | www.mystudio.design | IG: @anna_borou_yu

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