Ma Desheng

1952 · China

Artist biography

Ma Desheng is an established contemporary artist, who was born in China. Ma Desheng was born in 1952. Artists Zhang Xiaogang, Liang Juhui and Wang Keping are of the same generation and same country as Ma Desheng.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ma Desheng's work is on display at Rossi & Rossi | London in the United Kingdom. Ma Desheng's work has most recently been exhibited at Rossi & Rossi | London in the United Kingdom (02 July 2019 until 05 October 2019) with the exhibition Frieze Sculpture Park. Ma Desheng's work has also been exhibited during the Solo Exhibition exhibition at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong, China (10 May 2019 - 30 July 2019).

Historical Context of China

For centuries, China has been one of the most sophisticated and creative cultures. Unique in its political and cultural systems, and rather hermetic in nature, it has always been somewhat of an enigma to the west. In the Maoist era, stretching for decades from the mid-century period, art and culture served the revolutionary communism of Chairman Mao, replete with the heroic figures of social realism and various propagandist ideals.

Further Biographical Context for Ma Desheng

Ma Desheng was born in 1952 and was largely inspired by the 1970s growing up. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, including some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and popularity, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a prominent figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-cultural activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. The Arte Povera movement, which appeared in Italy, received international distinction in the 1970s, and leading figures such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto were critically acclaimed.

Ma Desheng

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