Maria Tavares

Acrylic and Oil

Maria Tavares first knew she was an artist when she was just six years old, telling her dad that she wanted to paint. In fact, at age eight she was offered a scholarship to go to art school in Mexico, but her parents could not afford the extra expenses and they needed her to stay home. However, Tavares was not deterred to continue painting. She used to paint in bakery shop store windows, where they would pay her in cookies. An interesting fact about Tavares is that she grew up in a household of sixteen children, whereas she was number fifteen. Tavares married when she was just sixteen, to a fifty-six year old man. He was very supportive of her and provided her with art materials. Tavares’ first husband passed away when she was in her early thirties. Tavares married again, and it is with her second husband that she came to America. She and her husband currently reside in Somers. What inspires Tavares the most is color and happiness. She tears up as she explains to us that she wants people that are sad to look at her paintings and feel happy. Tavares wants to continue painting and showing her work, she describes the happiness she brings forth through the colors in her work as a “piece of heaven.” For your own piece of heaven, call Maria Tavares at 914-817-6257. She does pinatas, paintings, murals, and commission work. Written by Sonia Lee Garber