Diane Kazakis

"Captivated by the ebb and flow in nature, I create work that is in a state of flux by exploring mediums that have an altered appearance when viewed from different angles. My work depicts not only the beauty of the natural environment but also draws attention to its fragility and deterioration."

Future memories - Watercolour, acrylic and paper on wood 60 cm diameter

Diane Kazakis is an award-winning Australian artist who has worked in the fields of art and art education in Australia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and now Asia. Drawing on her experiences from living in these diverse environments, her desire is to inspire an appreciation and concern for the fragile world around us.

Diane has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, with work in public and private collections around the world. 

Trained as a sculptor, Diane applies this background to produce a variety of art which is tactile and diverse. She uses a range of media, layers and overlapping segments to present depth and capture movement. Her work ranges in media and formats, dissolving the boundaries of traditional sculpture and painting.

Whilst studying Visual Arts at the University of Melbourne, she was the youngest artist to win the prestigious Andor Meszaros Sculpture Prize in 1994. In subsequent years, Diane has received other awards, including first prize in the 2001 acquisitive Moreland Sculpture Award for her sculptures depicting nature's decline.

Diane was commissioned for numerous large-scale projects such as an enormous robot sculpture for the Village Roadshow Cinema Complex in Melbourne, Australia and a large model earth for the Body Shop's International Environmental Conference in 2001.

In her role as Vice President of the Association of Sculptors of Victoria (2000-02), Diane coordinated events such as the sculpture exhibition at the International Flower & Garden Show in Melbourne and the Association's Annual Exhibitions.

In recent years, Diane has worked on private commissions, including a series of paintings installed at Sahab Hotel in Jabal Akhdar, Oman. This series of paintings is based on the fossils, natural vegetation and stunning views that this beautiful boutique hotel has to offer. In 2022 she installed a series of paintings in Healin' Spa, Suzhou, China which are based on natural elements to enhance the tranquil setting.

And all that could have been - Ink and acrylic on canvas 70 cm diameter
What we leave behind - Watercolour and ink on paper, wooden panel 60 x 60 cm
From here to eternity - Acrylic and ink on canvas 80 cm diameter
All our shimmering skies - Watercolour and ink on paper, wooden panel 80 x 80 cm

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