She creates art reflecting  three different cultures: born in 1984 in Ukraine, raised in Russia, and in 2006 moved to the US to work on her MBA. At school, she learned finance and economics, but in her free time, Alina had a passion for art and taught herself all about painting. She took art classes and painting lessons back in Russia.

Alina is a passionate artist who works with oil paints and palette knife  primarily on stretched canvas. Her paintings are reminders of places that rest between photographs or real places and imagination. Even as a young child,  Alina took refuge in creating paintings with watercolors, gouache, chalks and charcoal. As she was growing up in Russia and Ukraine, she found herself yearning to learn and create more. What would become Alina’s medium of choice was made clear to her when she started using oil paints.

An overwhelming inner passion has driven Alina Madan to make art for many years and keeps inspiring her today. Most of her art works have a history reflected in Madan’s blog posts, where she pulls back the curtain to show behind-the-scenes work on how the paintings were created.

Madan lives and works in Maple Grove, MN. Relatively new in the Twin Cities art scene, Madan’s work has already been exhibited locally and some of her paintings are in private collections worldwide.






The most feedback on my art i get includes words like “peaceful” and “calming”, which are the main ideas of my art. I project my painting to be a rest your mind resort, tranquil and undisturbed by anybody or anything.

I work with pure oil paints and sometimes linseed oil avoiding harsh solvents or other chemicals. The canvas texture is unique and so appealing to me that I only work with a stretched canvas or a canvas board. Palette knife, bare fingers, a piece of cloth and sometimes a brush is all it takes to make wonders on canvas.

My subject matter tends to be water related either ocean or sea themes or rainy motives and puddles on the streets.  Nature’s charm and beauty inspire my works.I find water reflections to be captivating  and I follow my inner self to depict water reflections. I usually work on the set or use several reference photographs. When using photographs I find some motifs from them not to rely heavily on the static nature of a picture, which allows me to say that most of my paintings depict an imaginary place. The process of a painting’s creations is usually reflected in my blog, where one can find step by step progress photographs.IMG_3046