Ma Ke

China 1970

Monochrome Painting, Painting, Figurative Art

Ma Ke
Ma Ke
February 23, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Ma Ke is a Chinese painter born in 1970 in Zibo, Shandong Province who depict human events or interactions, as well as landscapes. He studied at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts from 1990 to 1994 and finished his further education in Central Academy of Fine Arts from 2002 to 2005.

Before he attended Tianjin Academy of Fine Art he had been trained by his father in traditional Chinese oil painting and Russian social realism, and didn’t know anything about western modern and contemporary art. During his studies Ma Ke was introduced to Van Gogh, Monet, Francis Bacon, as well as European contemporary artists, so he realized that system in China is too closed for artist. In the west the artists “choose” the way to go and are free to express their inner self, while in China the people and the art never changed. He knew he must find his own voice. His figurative paintings contain one or two people portrayed at a single moment, invariably, an aura of discomfort emanates from one of them. Monochrome backgrounds surround the figures, pushing up to their often thickly-drawn outlines. Wide, animated strokes pull their shapes into being, and the graze of a less loaded brush dragging across faces and bodies in a Baconesque manner proves apt to suggest shadow or tension.

Ma Ke has presented his work in many group and solo exhibitions in his homeland, as well as in USA, Germany and Singapore.

He lives and works in China.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Eternal Art SpaceArt Stage Singaporegroup
2014IdiomsMarc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CAsolo
2014Platform ChinaThe Armory Show, New York, Unted Statesgroup
2013Platform ChinaArt Basel, Hong Konggroup
2012Self-created suspisionChina Station, Beijing, China solo
2012Draw againChina Station, Beijing, Chinagroup
2011China WillBeijing Modern Art Museum, Beijing, China group
2010China Modern Art New WaveCalifornia University, United States group
2008Niyama Clear Water China and Germany Contemporary Art ExhibitionPalatinate Historical Museum, Germany group
2007Art Communication Exhibition Between China and GermanyLubeck Art Museum, Germany group
2006Ma Ke ProductionShanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China solo
2004Ma Ke Art ExhibitionYuzi Paradise Art Space, Beijing, China solo
2003People in TowerYanhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China solo
1999Ma Ke Art ExhibitionGallery of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China solo