Ma Desheng

Ma Desheng


Ma Desheng is a Chinese artist born in Beijing in 1952, he currently lives and works in Paris. In 1979, Ma Desheng was one of the founding member of the first non-conformist artist’s group in China, «The Stars» (Xing Xing), together with Huang Rui, Wang Keping, Li Shuang, Ai Weiwei, setting the stage for avant-garde art in China.


This avant-garde movement has a unique status in the development of contemporary Chinese art, it opened a new era and inspired the changes that followed in the next thirty years. The wood prints created by Ma Desheng from 1979 to early 1980s is a statement of the core spirit of this movement: art has its own self-contained world, it is not a tool for political propaganda or anything else.

However, under various kinds of pressure, members of the “Star Group” migrated overseas soon after. Ma Desheng arrived in Switzerland in 1985 before finally settling down in Paris.


The artist is also a published poet and a performer.


His works are held in public and private collections around the world, including The British Museum, London, Museum Cernuschi, Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, l’Association du Museum d’Art Contemporaine de Chamalières, France, Museum of Oxford, London, Museum de Melun, France, Asian Art Museum, Nice, Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong. 



No air, no life. No life, no art. No art, no lifeMa Desheng


In Ma Desheng’s stones, the contour of the stone is hard and definite to encapsulate the motion inside. His stones are solid and fleeting. The communication with the stones is timeless and universal.