Ma Pai-Sui

1909 - 2003

Artist biography

Ma Pai-Sui was a visual artist. Born in 1909, Ma Pai-Sui passed away in 2003. Artists Wilhelm Bjerke-Petersen, Francis Peabody Colburn, William Friedman, Helen Janaszak, and Tadeusz Kutermak are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Ma Pai-Sui

Born in 1909, Ma Pai-Sui grew up during the 1920s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Important artistic innovations that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be worked on during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period the careers of a number of inspiring and pioneering artists began to blossom, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of reflection and solemnity following the horrors of the First World War. Significant shifts in politics were taking place worldwide, and Marxism took a strong grip as an ideology within artist groups and communities. Due to its cultural significance, Surrealism spread as an philosophy on an international scale, and became the leading theme of the pictorial arts in the 1920s. The Bauhaus movement developed during this time and concentrated on a unification of all modes of art, working towards the idea of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. The liberal politics of the Weimar Republic in Germany enabled this movement to blossom and grow and develop further.

Ma Pai-Sui

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