1972 · China
Maleonn Ma is an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in China. Maleonn Ma was born in 1972. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Wang Ningde, Su-En Wong and Li Songsong.
Historical Context of China
For centuries, China has been among 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. Modern art production, when not concentrating on celebrating the ideals of the State, instead reworked many of the classical ideals of Calligraphic ink works made with the brush.
Further Biographical Context for Maleonn Ma
Born in 1972, Maleonn Ma was primarily influenced by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a key decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.