ARTPIQER's Painting Award Exhibtion

ARTPIQER's Painting Award

​BEYOND PAINTING - with the first ARTPIQER's Painting Award we award the painter of tomorrow! Where other, well-established art prizes are plunging into new media and futuristic conceptual art, we want to go back to the basics and focus on the next generation of artists, who deal with the classical medium of painting today.

We would like to invite you to the solo exhibition by the award winner Dora Celentano at the Werthalle Cologne!

We are looking forward to seeing you!

artpiqers painting award logo

11.10. - 30.10.2019 Exhibition


Tue - Sat

13:00 - 19:00 Open Exhibition

Mon - Sat

On Appointment

About the Award Winner 2019

Dora Celentano

Dora Celentano


The winner of this year's award is the Dusseldorf artist and art academy graduate Dora Celentano. She impressed the jury with her stringent approach, her painterly play with lightness and depth, as well as the topicality of her work.

Dora about her award winning work:

The oil painting „Ich hasse Dich, verlass mich nicht“ which means „I hate you, don’t leave me“ is the starting point of a newer series based on overpainted pictures of my work. It’s also a continuation of the series „& Other Things“ where I worked with silk scarves patterns. At first glance it has an abstract quality, but when you look closer you’ll find overlapping layouts of silk scarves. Over the mostly purple background a white, restless surface is painted that circumscribes a watch-pattern with chains and belts through it’s negative spaces. These negative spaces create windows that make the background more visible in fragments. As a result, when looking at the piece, the view always switches back and forth between the background and the foreground and it becomes diffcult to form a focus. I have always been fascinated with magazines and photography that creates wanting in the viewer, and replicated this practice in paintings. Ultimately, this artwork serves as an amalgamation of our complex world, which is rife with color, the intangible, luxury, and aspiration. At the same time the piece has something ghostly, broken and distorted.

Exhibition Artworks in our Gallery

Exhibition Impressions:

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Werthalle Cologne is the new urban and design-focussed event location in the heart of Cologne. A wide range of events are hosted here: art exhibitions, after-work happenings, the popular network event "Creative Couch", dance tea and small live concerts. It's a perfect fit for the grand award opening!

How to get there

You can easily reach Werthalle Cologne by car or by public transportation. Simply plan your way with Google Maps or Bing.


The Grand Award Opening:

We would like to thank everyone for the great award opening!
It was an amazing evening! We hope to see all of our guests and of course many new faces next time!

the painting award ceremony

The Award Ceremony: Katharina Wenzel-Vollenbroich (Founder & CEO, ARTPIQ), Janine Wixforth (ARTPIQ), Dr. Barbara J. Scheuermann (Art Museum Bonn, Jury), Oliver Struch (Wertheim Cologne) & the award winner Dora Celentano

painting award visitors

Award visitors around the ceremony area

artist in conversation with visitor

Artists giving in insights into her work

artist talk

Artist talk & Q&A on emerging art and the best ways to support artists

En-Vie Champaign

Everyone simply loved the vegan champaign by en-vie d'éphémère

award visitor

One lucky visitor had the chance to win an original artwork by Dora Celentano

award visitor in front of artworks

An award guest in front of the "Icon" series

The Painting Award Jury

painting award jury Dana Bergmann

painting award jury Dr. Barbara J. Scheuermann
painting award jury Raffaela Zerilli

We are very happy that one of the coolest Co-Working Spaces in Cologne, Wertheim Cologne, will allocate its unique event location Werthalle, a former industrial space, for the award event. Wertheim Cologne is named after the birth place of its founding father, who himself is son to immigrant factory workers. The Wertheim pays homage to hard work, class and spirit. Whether founding spirit, free spirit or beautiful spirit, their house and event location provide a worthy home for joyful working and glowing creativity.

We are very excited that PADA Studios, an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation based in Barreiro in Lisbon's South Bay, collaborated with us to allocate one space in its residency program to our award winner in November 2019. Founded in 2018 by Tim Ralston and Diana Cerezino, PADA is set in a derelict industrial park with history dating back to 1885. PADA offers artists time and space to develop their practice through the exploration of technique and process.

We are very happy that the top-class design firm Vitra is generously supporting the award event with its design classics.

Delivery & Returns


Artworks are professionally packaged by us or the artist. Packaging and delivery method will vary according to the type of work. Shipping is free for any artwork. 


If you are a customer living in the European Union, the legal return period is 14 days after receipt of your order. Please note that returns are only possible if in accordance with the Terms & Conditions. If you want to return an item please contact us via first. Please note that you cannot return the artwork without contacting us beforehand, as in this case the artwork will not be insured. ARTPIQ is not responsible for any damages or loss occurring through unauthorised return shipping and will in this case not be able to release your refund.


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