About the contest

The purpose of this contest is twofold: to encourage artists to share their erotic work and to elevate the field of erotic art by rewarding some of the best current examples. The contest is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are already selling erotic work commercially. All others are eligible: advertising designers, art students, or just midnight doodlers – anyone who creates erotic works of art.

Tom of Finland
Emerging Artist Competition 2020


NOTE: The Winners have been announced during the online Art & Culture Festival.


MR GRUTS (New Zealand), Country Club, 2020, Graphite on watercolour paper, 11.70″ x 16.50″

Single Figure

1st  Prize 

KI YOONG (UK), Jock, 2020, Watercolour on paper, jockstrap, 10″ x 8″

2nd  Prize

JASON KNIGHT (USA), Grip, Plaster, 2020, 5.5″ x 5″ x 6″

3rd Prize

LIMA DRIB (Belgium), Nature Morte-Ambri, 2020, Digital, 3,600px x 2,700px

Dual Figure

1st Prize

ALBINOHECTOR (Spain), Ultimate Climax, 2020, Digital (Autodesk Maya, Photoshop), 42.27″ x 39.37″

2nd  Prize

PIG (UK), Same time next week?, 2020, Oil on canvas, 15.75″ x 15.75″

3rd Prize

RICHIE WILDE LOPEZ (USA), Nourishment, 2020, Cotton thread on cotton fabric, 9″ x 9″

Multiple Figure

1st Prize

MR GRUTS (New Zealand), Country Club, 2020, Graphite on watercolour paper, 11.70″ x 16.50″

2nd Prize

MAXIME CAVAJANI (France), perfection- a study of, 2020, Graphite on paper, 8″ x 12″

3rd Prize

LEON POZNIAKOW (UK), Heaven is a Fuccboi, 2020, Watercolour on paper, 22″ x 30″


1st Prize

WITT FETTER (USA), POV: THE ARTIST HAS DYSPHORIA, 2020, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″

2nd Prize

TWOTOM (USA), No more slave, 2020, Pencil, color paint on paper, 18″ x 24″

3rd Prize

JOHN SOHN (USA), Soft Contact Pillow, 2020, Wool canvas (90% worsted new wool, 10% nylon), shredded organic latex, 18” x 18” x 14”


1st Prize

LUTHER CREEK (USA), Rise, New York, 2019, Photograph, 3,434px  ×  2,292px

2nd Prize

XANDR ARQUIN (USA), In Ecstasy-Encasement, 2020, Lith print on gelatin silver, 8″ x 10″

3rd Prize

LEATHERSAMFINLAND (Finland), Enlightment, 2020, Photograph, 24″ x 16″

Some submissions may have been disqualified if from professional erotic artists or if the models appeared to be underage.


Tom of Finland Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition, in celebration of the artist Tom of Finland’s 100 birth year and the Foundation’s 36th year in operation (established 1984). The eight internationally renowned creators who have judged this year’s competition:

A designer with a curatorial approach to fashion making and brand building, Jonathan Anderson earned both critical acclaim and commercial success with the collections he designs as the creative director of LOEWE and for his eponymous label, JW Anderson. An alumnus of London College of Fashion, Anderson was the first fashion designer to be awarded, in 2015, both Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Anderson has created collections and products collaborating with noteworthy brands. In 2016 he founded the LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize, the world's first international award for contemporary craft and in 2017 he curated Disobedient Bodies, an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in Wakefield. In 2019, the Prime Minister of Britain appointed Jonathan Anderson to the Trustees to the Board of the V&A, one of the world’s leading museums of art and design.


Seth Bogart is an artist & musician living in Los Angeles.  He has exhibited work at Participant INC, Artist Curated Projects, One Archives, MoCA, 356 S Mission, FIERMAN, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and others.  Bogart releases music under his name and also with Hunx and His Punx. His new solo album is called “Men on the Verge of Nothing”.


Nao Bustamante is a internationally renowned artist, residing in Los Angeles. Bustamante's precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, filmmaking, sculpture and writing. Bustamante is alum of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program and the Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently she holds the position of Professor of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. There, she also serves as the Director of the MFA in Art.


Matt Lambert is an LA-born, Berlin-based filmmaker and photographer whose work blurs the line between fine-art, fashion, documentary, and porn - collaborating with everyone from Calvin Klein to Christeene to Celine Dion to The Cock Destroyers. One of his most recent projects, "Pleasure Park", is a docu-youth-punk-lust-fest in collaboration with — both a film and his fifth book.


Felipe Meres was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1988 and currently lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions include The Telomeric Cut at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2017) and Fsision at Company Gallery, NY (2016). His work has been shown in venues such as the Ljubljana Biennial, Slovenia (2019); Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2018); GAMeC, Italy (2018) and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, FL (2016). He was an artist in residency at Casa Wabi, Mexico (2018); ArtCenter/South Florida, FL (2016) and Escola de Verão, Capacete, Rio de Janeiro (2012). He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College, NY and is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at The New School, NY. He is the recipient of the 2016 Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Award and of the 2014 Tom of Finland Foundation Emerging Artist Grand Prize.


Silvia Prada is a New York based artist whose figurative handmade drawings celebrate gay iconography and popular culture. She started illustrating for some of the most influential international magazines of the 1990s: Dazed & Confused, Interview and The Face. Prada’s work have been showcased at many art fairsand galleries and has published five art books with her drawings. Prada’s accessibility and her closeness to gay pop culture as a visual artist makes prominent members of the fashion and cultural elite proud to collect her work.


Martín Sorrondeguy is a visual artist, photographer, and musician. Sorrondeguy has published three photography books and has exhibited in numerous countries. The core of Sorrondeguy’s work is about addressing inequities through the creation of physical and artistic space—first as the singer for the internationally renowned politically charged punk en Español hardcore band Los Crudos. For the last 20 years Sorrondeguy has been the singer for the beloved hardcore radically and openly queer punk band, Limp Wrist. He continues to work on various projects, both as a musician, and visual artist.


The art podcast, "Talk Art", was developed in 2018 as a passion project by award-winning actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament and has grown into a highly successful show listened to by millions of fans around the world. Tovey has been a passionate collector for over a decade, starting his collection with a print by the much-loved artist Tracey Emin. It was at a dinner in 2008 honouring Ms. Emin that the pair met and have been ‘art geek’ friends ever since. Diament has a master’s in art history and is currently the director of Carl Freedman Gallery in Margate, Kent, where he has worked for over a decade. He also used to be the front man of a successful English electronic rock band called Temposhark.



A presentation of all the entries into the Tom of Finland 2020 Emerging Artist Competition can be seen here.

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