Ma Desheng 马德升


The Chinese artist and poet Ma Desheng is above all a free man and an artist whose work reflects a furious desire to live. Born in Beijing in 1952, he is one of the founding members with Huang Rui, Ai WeiWei, Wang Keping, among others of the Xingxing Group ("The Stars") the first post-Maoist artistic movement in China. He later moved to Paris. In 1992, a serious car accident immobilized him for two years on a hospital bed, resulting in the cancellation of an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. With determination, he devoting himself to art, Ma Desheng now carries in him all the nuances of the fragility of equilibrium. This is what inspires him to make his rocks that pile up in this flagrant instability, paradoxically soothing. 

From his first stone laid in China to those painted on his paintings, Ma Desheng has continued to embody his "beings of stone". He, therefore, paints stone beings with a sensitive heart. Their lunar appearance is rendered by energetic strokes of brushes and fingers, visible both in the course of the gesture and in the density of the pictorial material. His other series of work, the female body has always been a recurring theme, from his beginnings through the differents symbols of peace and beauty for Ma Desheng, his feminine silhouettes illustrate a carnal need to represent the life that the artist makes dancing on the canvas in complete freedom.

His works are held in public and private collections around the world, including : The British Museum, London; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Museum of Oxford, London; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Pompidou Museum, Paris; Long Museum, Shanghai; Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan.


Ma Desheng Artworks