Joyful. Bold. Dramatic. These are the words collectors use to describe the vibrant artwork of Diana Madaras who has owned her gallery in Tucson, Arizona for 20 years. Voted Tucson’s Best Visual Artist nine times, Madaras is a colorist who paints in both watercolor and acrylic. Her diverse portfolio ranges from brilliant desert landscapes and floral scenes to expressionistic animals.
Medium: Painting, Prints
Style: Southwest, Abstractions, Animals, Floral, Landscape, Still Life, Western
Madaras has been featured in more than 20 one-woman shows, and her art has hung in the Tucson Museum of Art. She has completed commissioned paintings for Westin, Loews, Marriott Starr Pass, and Miraval Resorts, as well as the University of Arizona. Her artwork has been featured on the covers of seven magazines, including Tucson Lifestyle and Art Book of the West.
Her deep commitment to community service inspired Madaras to form the non-profit Art for Animals Foundation in 1999 which helps abused, injured, and orphaned animals.
Madaras has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Award for community service. In 2019, Tucson Wildlife Center honored her for her outstanding contributions to animal welfare.
Madaras earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1977. Prior to opening her art gallery, she ran a high-profile sports marketing company, promoting major sporting events including LPGA and PGA golf tournaments. A month-long painting trip to Greece in 1993 changed her life, prompting her to sell her marketing company and devote her career to painting... a joyful decision for Madaras, as well as the thousands of patrons who enjoy her art.
Madaras Art Gallery
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