The Chinese artist and poet Ma Desheng has proved throughout his life and work the liberty that shines from his work. Born in Beijing in 1952, he is one of the founding members - with Wang Keping, and Ai WeiWei among others - of the Xingxing Group ("The Stars"). Being the first post-Maoist artistic movement in China. "The Stars" immediatly came to the forefront of chinese avant garde. He later moved to Paris to further his artistic experiments. In 1992, a serious car accident immobilised him for two years on a hospital bed, resulting in the cancellation of an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
This injury has only reinforced Ma's determination to devote himself fully to his art. Struck with polio as a child, Ma Desheng has attempted to express the nuances of these aspects of fragility, and the ever precarious equilibrium of life.
Most expressive of this incessant quest for stability, his collections of rocks reflect this flagrant instability, paradoxically soothing by their innate harmony. From his first stone sculptures laid in China to those painted on his artworks, Ma Desheng has continuously reinterpreted his "beings of stone". Their lunar appearance is rendered by energetic strokes of brushes and fingers, visible both in the stroke of the gesture and in the density of the pictorial material.
His second lithograph represents an abstracted female body, which has always been a recurring theme in Ma Desheng's work. Symbols of peace and beauty for the artist, his feminine silhouettes illustrate a carnal need to represent life, which cannot be other then this figure dancing on the canvas with complete and blissful freedom.
His works are held in public and private collections around the world, including The British Museum, London ; the Museum of Oxford, London ; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris ; Pompidou, Paris and the M+ Museum in Hong Kong.
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