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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 painting, works on paper
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2018Acrylic on cardboard
81 x 51 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Ma DeshengUntitled, 1989Chinese ink on paper
71 x 94.3 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork sculpture
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
30 x 24 x 19 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2017Acrylic on canvas
130 x 97 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork sculpture
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
22 x 14 x 14 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork sculpture
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
24 x 20 x 12 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork sculpture
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
32 x 34 x 12 cm
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Untitled by Ma Desheng contemporary artwork sculpture
Ma DeshengUntitled, 2011Bronze
20 x 26 x 11 cm
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