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b. 1952, China

Ma Desheng Biography

Poet, engraver, calligrapher, painter and performer, Ma Desheng embodies for a model of combativeness and creativity. Ma dedicates his life to art by forming the group named 'Stars', the first avant-garde artistic movement in China in which he was with Wang Keping, Ai Wei Wei, and Huang Rui, three of the major pillars of this intelligentsia. Ma's work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions, international fairs and collected by the world's museums such as Centre Pompidou and the British Museum.

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For over 40 years, Ma has painted, produced drawings and sculptures of his studies of the mineral forms. For the artist, stones are endowed with a soul, a vital and spiritual, immanent or transcendent element to life that animates every human live. This physical and sensitive relationship between the stone and human-being, carries a hope of eternal life: Harmony. From this, we can sense the Taoist philosophy on which all the basis of Ma Desheng's thought and inspirational influence is based. In Taoism, humans are not at the center of the universe but one element among others. The human has no right to prevail over nature and it is taught that he must respect and live in harmony with nature. Therefore, Ma Desheng's expression is guided by the 'vital breath'—the famous qi.

Text courtesy A2Z Art Gallery.

Ma Desheng Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
22 x 14 x 14 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
24 x 20 x 12 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
32 x 34 x 12 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
20 x 26 x 11 cm
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Le phénix étire ses ailes en avant et en arrière by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork
Ma DeshengLe phénix étire ses ailes en avant et en arrière, 2020Acrylic on canvas
120 x 90 cm
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La colonne céleste ondule by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork
Ma DeshengLa colonne céleste ondule, 2020Acrylic on canvas
180 x 300 cm
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La torture respire profondément by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork
Ma DeshengLa torture respire profondément, 2020Acrylic on canvas
250 x 150 cm
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Tier l'énergie en ouvrant et fermant by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork
Ma DeshengTier l'énergie en ouvrant et fermant, 2020Acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm
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Ma Desheng Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ma Desheng, Au cœur des pierres at A2Z Art Gallery, Paris
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8–31 October 2020 Ma Desheng Au cœur des pierres A2Z Art GalleryParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Collective exhibition at A2Z Art Gallery, Paris
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11 May–11 July 2020 Group Exhibition Collective exhibition A2Z Art GalleryParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Ma Desheng, L'âme hors des pierres at A2Z Art Gallery, Paris
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16 May–15 June 2019 Ma Desheng L'âme hors des pierres A2Z Art GalleryParis

Ma Desheng Represented By

A2Z Art Gallery contemporary art gallery in Paris, France A2Z Art Gallery Paris, Hong Kong

Ma Desheng In Related Press

Stars Art Group, China's artistic freedom fighters, celebrate 40th anniversary Related Press Stars Art Group, China's artistic freedom fighters, celebrate 40th anniversary 29 March 2019, The Art Newspaper

On the eve of Art Basel in Hong Kong's private view on Wednesday, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui took to the streets of Central for a paint-splashed performance about the cyclical nature of history. The piece was a tribute to Lee Wen, the pioneering Asian performance artist who died early this month.

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Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) Related Press Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) 30 March 2015, The New Yorker

In a gallery in Hong Kong’s Chai Wan district last week, during the city’s third annual installment of the international Art Basel fair, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui introduced a new live work called Red Black White Grey. At the start of the performance, four affectless women walked onstage wearing trench coats, then disrobed one...

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