Success Stories

From headlining leading biennials to presenting solo shows at top cultural institutions, Aesthetica Art Prize alumni continue to demonstrate excellence across the globe.


Alec von Bargen

Alec von Bargen – shortlisted for the Art Prize in 2019 – has exhibited his work globally, at 54th and 56th editions of the Venice Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the OCAT Museum and Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival. He has won the Paris International Fine Art Award, the International Color Photography Award and the 11th Pollux Award.

Alinka Echeverria

Alinka Echeverría is a Mexican-British artist and visual anthropologist, shortlisted in 2017. She is a nominee for the Prix Elysée, and was selected for FOAM Talent. Her work has been exhibited at international venues and is part of collections including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Commissions include BBC Four, for the three-part series: The Art That Made Mexico.

Andre Lictenberg

German-Brazilian artist Andre Lictenberg explores the intersections between photography and other art forms. He has exhibited work in galleries and private exhibitions including the Barbican, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; FABRICA, Brighton; and the prestigious Joseph Cohen Family Collection in New York. He was longlisted in 2014 and 2018 for the Aesthetica Art Prize.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman

The artist filmmaker was shortlisted for the 2016 Art Prize for her film Estate. In 2017 she was nominated for the Original Documentary Award at the Berlin Film Festival. She received a special mention at the Locarno Film Festival in 2019 and a BIFA nomination. In 2020 Luka Zimmerman achieved 1st prize at the Palmares Festival and won the Jarman Award.

Arseniy Neskhodimov

Arseny Neskhodimov creates conceptual projects about his visual identity, staging performances to be photographed or filmed. In his works, he touches upon issues of alienation. Since being selected for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2020, Neskhodimov has won the Wellcome Photography Prize for a series exploring mental health. He has been nominated for the International Photography Grant Talent of the Year 2020 and featured in The Guardian

Attilio Fiumarella

Attilio Fiumarella is a photographic artist interested in social landscapes. He was selected for the 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize. His practice draws from documentary and architecture. Attilio won Portrait of Humanity 2020, organised by The British Journal of Photography and Magnum Photos. In 2017-18, he was a finalist in the Head On Portrait Prize, the UNSEEN Dummy Book Award and was awarded a grant from Arts Council England. 

Caroline Burraway

Caroline Burraway was part of the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2013, creating powerful drawings that investigate what lies hidden in the everyday experience. In more recent years, Caroline has been involved in a number of awards. She won the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize in 2018 (formerly Jerwood Drawing Prize), and was a Finalist for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018. She was involved with the Saatchi Gallery at the Draw Art Fair London in 2019.

Chloe Rosser

Chloe Rosser was part of the 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize. The Form series transforms the human body into something unexpected and uncanny, creating a kind of “living sculpture.” Since taking part in the prize, she has shown work in solo and group shows across the globe, including Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery and at the UK Parliament. She is represented by Elizabeth Houston Gallery. Her book is published by Stay Free, featuring five years’ work.

Darren Nisbitt

Darren Nisbitt evokes elemental human concepts in his work. He has been a finalist in the Sony World Photography Award, a silver award-winner at the Moscow International Foto Awards, and a bronze winner in the Prix de la Photographie, Paris. He was part of the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2014 and 2016. He has been published in The Sunday Times and The Independent, amongst others.

Davide Luciano & Claudia Ficca

The artistic duo explores the disappointment in a gathering ending suddenly in their image Charred, part of the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2014. They have since been featured in New York Times for their work in homage to The Shining, Other features include Elle, The Independent, The New Yorker, USA Today and Men’s Health. In 2021 they won the American Photography 34 Award.

Ellie Davies

Ellie Davies was shortlisted for the 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize. She has since won multiple international awards, including the Magnum Photography Awards 2017. The winning image was shown at The Photographers Gallery in London. Her work was at Photo London Digital and Art Paris 2020. She has gallery representation in the UK, US and Europe. Recent interviews include National Geographic, Photomonitor, BBC Radio 3 and Lensculture.

Emma Hartvig

The series Le Ski– part of the 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize – captures figures in icy landscapes. The Vienna-based photographer was featured in internationally renowned Plastik as well Hatje Cantz Verleg. Her work has also been published with Rizzoli. Her client list includes Chanel, Miu Miu, Mercedes Benz and Loewe.

Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux is a French architect who was shortlisted for the Art Prize in 2017. The works layer colourful papercuts in immersive environments. She has created installations for designers UNIQLO and ISSEY MIYAKI, with the 100 colors series shown around the world. Forest of Numbers celebrated the 10th anniversary of The National Art Center, Tokyo. She was a finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards and presents NOW Gallery’s 2020 design commission.

Gabriela Torres Ruiz

Artist and photographer Gabriela Torres Ruiz was shortlisted for the Art Prize in 2016 for her series Silence. In 2019 Ruiz was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. In 2020 she was a nominated full member of the German Society for Photography, a LensCulture award series winner and a finalist in the Arte Laguana Prize.

Gillian Hyland

Gillian Hyland featured in the 2018 Aesthetica Art Prize. The same year, Hyland released her first photography book, which was a culmination of several years’ work. Most recently, her work was part of Female in Focus, curated by British Journal of Photography / 1854 Media. The photographer, who creates “supernatural staged images”, has had solo shows in London, Lisbon, Sydney and Rome, photographing subjects including Cate Blanchett.

Giulio di Sturco

World Press Photo award-winner Giulio di Sturco was shortlisted for the Art Prize in 2019. The artist has since been nominated for the Prix Pictet 2019 – the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability, with a show at the V&A. The photobook Ganga Ma, has been featured in the Financial Times. Other accolades include the Sony World Photography Award and the Getty Images Reportage Grant.

Hagar Vardimon

Known for her threads and paperwork, Vardiman was part of the 2015 Art Prize. In 2018 she did the cover and the double-spread illustrations for New York Times Magazine. For that work she won the D & AD Wood Pencil in 2019. She has since worked with Scope, Warner Bros, The Sunday Times, Elle USA, Wired and Urban Outfitters. In 2021 she has collaborated with fashion brands JW Anderson, Moncler and Moda Operandi.

Hannah Honeywill

In 2015 Hannah Honeywill was part of the Aesthetica Art Prize. In 2016 she won the Wellcome Trust Arts Award. She was selected by curators to take on a residency at the Barber Institute of Fine Art in 2017 and in 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bloomhill National Sculpture Prize. She contributed to Pride Art London in 2019 and is an elected member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.

Jane & Louise Wilson

Jane and Louise Wilson RA Elect, shortlisted for the 2019 Art Prize, have been working as an artist duo for over two decades. In 1999, they were shortlisted for the Turner Prize. They have had numerous exhibitions in venues across the UK and internationally, including Tate, London; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and Museum of Modern Art, New York. Recent works include a commission for the Imperial War Museum, London.

Jasmina Cibic

Jasmina Cibic looks at structures of “soft power”, unravelling how political rhetoric is deployed through art and architecture. Since being shortlisted for the Art Prize 2017, Cibic’s works have been on display at institutions across the world, including BALTIC, Gateshead; The Louvre, Paris; Whitechapel Gallery, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Cibic has released four books and was shortlisted for the 2018 Film London Jarman Award.

Jenn Nkiru

British-Nigerian director Jenn Nkiru won the 2019 Aesthetica Art Prize. The film Rebirth Is Necessary screened before Black Panther at the London premiere. Nkiru won the Voice of a Woman award at Cannes Film Festival, and her music video for Beyoncé won a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2020. She has had premieres at Frieze, showing at The Whitney Biennial, MOCA , and Somerset House . She is shortlisted for the 2020 Jarman Award.

John Keane

John Keane won the Art Prize in 2015. He came to prominence in 1990 when commissioned by the Imperial War Museum (IWM) to be the Official British War Artist of the Gulf War. He has had exhibitions with Flowers Gallery and Royal Academy, including 2018’s Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11. Keane’s work is part of Christie’s Corporate Collection, London; Detroit Institute of Fine Art, Michigan; and Glasgow Museums.

Julia Fullerton-Batten

Julia Fullerton-Batten is a fine art photographer who has been longlisted twice for the Aesthetica Art Prize, and has featured in Aesthetica Magazine. In 2019-2020, her work was shown at The International Center for Photography, New York; Fotografiska, Stockholm; Photo Vogue Festival, Milan; Open Eye Gallery; Liverpool; and Aperture Foundation, New York. She is a Hassleblad Master. Fullerton-Batten’s work is highly cinematic.

Julia Vogl

Julia Vogl won the 2011 Art Prize. The artist, who creates social sculpture, has gone on to win the Catlin Art Prize and be shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Vogl became a member of the Royal British Sculpture Society in 2017 and has hosted a number of talks – including a TEDx Talk. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, and in 2019 she was selected for ITVCreates – one of 52 artists selected to create an IDENT sculpture.

Julian Day

Shortlisted in the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize, Julian Day has gone on to present his work across the UK at Tate Modern, Whitechapel and Royal Academy of Music, as well as across the globe with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and MASS MoCA, Massachusetts. His work consists of performance, installation, and video and has been performed in the Sydney Opera House.

Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens was part of the Art Prize in 2015, and since had her work shown in the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Singapore International Photo Festival. She has had work published in The Guardian and The Washington Post. In 2018, she won the British Journal of Photography Award and was a Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie 2019 finalist.

Liss LaFleur

After being shortlisted for the Art Prize in 2018, Liss LaFleur earned an Immersive Scholar Grant from the Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation. In 2019 she won the Foundwork Art Prize. Her work has been shown in The Tate, Reykjavik Art Museum, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. She is the 2020-22 Kennedy Center Citizen Art Fellow.

Liz West

Liz West was a finalist in the 2016 Art Prize, creating vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. West has been commissioned worldwide by Natural History Museum, National Trust, National Science, Canary Wharf and London Design Festival. The work has been widely published in Wallpaper*, Design Boom, Huffington Post, The Times and The Independent, and featured in books by Thames & Hudson and Gingko Press.

Lottie Davies

Lottie Davies first featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2015. She has since been included in the 2018 prize and has spoken at the Future Now Symposium. Lottie has been featured by the BBC and The Guardian, as well as receiving further coverage from Aesthetica. She has recently taken part in FORMAT Festival and the 209 Women show at UK Parliament. Her solo show, Quinn, is available to view online now with Google Arts & Culture.

Lucy Knox

Filmmaker Lucy Knox has shown work at the Sydney Film Festival; MoMA, New York; and Berlinale, Germany. Her film The Act of Love was selected for distribution by Criterion Collection in 2018. In 2019 she was runner up for Best Narrative Music Video at Vivid Festival in Sydney and was nominated for Best Direction in a Music Video at ADG 2020.

Marcus Lyon

Shortlisted for the Art Prize in 2015, British artist Marcus Lyon is globally recognised. He has exhibited work in China, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. His work has featured in British Journal of Photography, The Guardian and New York Times. Lyon is a Tedx speaker and has exhibited work in London’s Somerset House, where he is also a trust member. His latest book I.Detroit was published in 2020.

Marie Harnett

Marie Harnett was a part of the 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize. She draws split-second moments from moving images. Her work is housed in permanent collections in The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; British Museum, London; and Yale Centre for British Art, Connecticut. Harnett was featured in FAD Magazine’s ‘Top 5 art exhibitions to see in London’ in 2019.

Patty Carroll

Patty Carroll has been known for her saturated color photographs since the 1970s. They have been shown around the world. In 2020, alongside being shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, she published the photobook Anonymous Women: Domestic Demise. She was also awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Patty has been featured in the Huffington Post, The British Journal of Photography and The Observer

Rachel Ara

British conceptual artist Rachel Ara won the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2016. Since then, she has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions with the V&A, Whitechapel, Barbican and London Design Festival. In 2020, Ara won the coLAB award Women Make Sculpture commission. She was featured in the Thames & Hudson 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow and has written for The Daily Telegraph.

Reginald Van de Velde

Reginald Van de Velde is an award-winning photographer from Belgium specialised in architecture and ruins. He was part of the 2018 Aesthetica Art Prize shortlist. Since then, Van de Velde has shown work at Les Rencontres d’Arles, National Gallery of Victoria and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul. Accolades include Aerial Photographer of the Year 2020, Prix de la Photographie and Moscow Foto Awards.

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu was longlisted for the 2019 Aesthetica Art Prize. Later that year he showed work at The Photography Show and PhotoEye Gallery, Santa Fe, with selected clients including Apple, Audi, Google and IBM. In 2020, he was selected for the Sony World Photography Awards with Lux Noctis, a series of photographs presenting landscapes he sees as unbound by time and space. He has had online image features in Wired, Artsy, Petapixel and more.

Rhea Storr

Rhea Storr is the winner of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2020 and the Louis Le Prince Experimental Film Prize. The artist filmmaker explores the representation of Black and mixed-race cultures. She has exhibited at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC; MOCA Los Angeles; Saatchi New Sensations, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Somerset House, London, where she is an artist-in-residence.

Romina Ressia

Multi-award-winning Romina Ressia was longlisted for the Art Prize in 2020. Other awards include a 2nd prize at the 2020 Sony Awards. Ressia has exhibited at The Louvre, Paris; Somerset House, London; and Photo Vogue Festival, Milan. She is a Tallberg / Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Nominee 2020 and 2021. Her work features in a permanent collection at the Columbus Museum of Art, USA.

Ron Bambridge

Internationally recognised photographer Ron Bambridge has been published in all media formats. He featured in the Art Prize in 2013 and has since had a two-page double spread included in The International Masters of Photography published by World Wide Art Books. In the London Photographic Awards, Bambridge won categories Still Life, Environmental Series and Environmental Colour.

Sarah Choo Jing

Globally recognised Sarah Choo Jing was part of the 2018 Aesthetica Art Prize. She has exhibited in The Grand Palais, Paris; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; Singapore Art Museum; Venice Biennale; Saatchi Gallery, London; and Somerset House, London. In 2019 she won Gold at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie. In 2020 Choo Jing was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Sim Chi Yin

Magnum photographer Sim Chi Yin was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2019 for Most people were silent a work commissioned by Nobel Peace Prize. The artist has since spoken at Barbican Centre, London, on Images, Agency, and the Environment, had a solo show in Hong Kong and been featured by BBC World Service. In previous years, Sim Chi Yin exhibited at the Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, and was nominated for the Prix Pictet.

Suzanne Moxhay

Suzanne Moxhay was a shortlisted for the award in 2015. Her work has been shown at The Saatchi Gallery, London; Royal Academy Summer exhibition, London; Luxembourg Art Week; and the MIA Art Fair in Milan where she was nominated for the prestigious BNL Paribas Award. She has received coverage from the BBC, The Guardian, and Art World Magazine. In 2019, Moxhay was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts.

Tadao Cern

Tadao Cern has featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize twice: in 2016 and 2017. Since then, the Black Balloons project – shown here – has been seen in Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Paris, Venice, Cologne, with coverage in Vice, Widewalls, Designboom and Colossal. In 2019, the artist was featured in The Guardian’s My Best Shot photography feature – recognising a key image highlighted by the 2016 prize. 

Tania Franco Klein

Shortlisted for the Art Prize in 2017, Franco Klein’s photography explores consumption and media overstimulation. Her work has been exhibited across Europe, the US and Mexico in solo shows and major fairs. She has won at the Sony World Photography Awards twice, received accolades from Lensculture and is a FOAM Paul Huf Award nominee. Her first publication was nominated for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Book Award in 2019.

Toby Dye

Filmmaker Toby Dye has directed an acclaimed catalogue of work, recognised with major international awards. Dye has collaborated with Netflix, Sky, Ford and the NHS, whilst producing Phobos with Ridley Scott – starring Michael Fassbender. The 2016 shortlisted piece The Corridor was part of a Kubrick-inspired show at Somerset House, London. Dye’s has been covered in the Washington Post, Time and The Guardian.

Vikram Kushwah

Vikram Kushwah has featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize multiple times over the years. He creates powerful photographic portraits and fine art images, many of which explore ideas of the uncanny. He was shortlisted by the National Portrait Gallery, London, for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2019. He is a Portrait of Britain 2018 and 2019 winner, working for publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.