Ma Dong Min
China 1968

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Contemporary artist graduated from Central Art College.  Ma Dong-Min’s art gives viewers a special realisation derived from mountains and thousands of years of Chinese traditional culture.  The theme of his arts is landscape, which has also been the core expression of Chinese arts.  Making it the theme of his arts because visible landscape is an ideal metaphor of philosophy; he combined human lust with fog, mountain, and water to present a notion of “the union of human and nature.”  It is a free mentality outside of painting and a yearning for freedom after touring everywhere.  Yet, the artist also had a period which non-figure-shape was the style of his landscape paintings; it is closer to abstract expressionism in its form. It is in recent years that he developed figure-shapes in a tone of gray-and-blue colour. They are more and more strengthened and cooperated with the landscapes; from obscure indication to clear expression; from whole figures to portraits of human faces.  He discovered human’s exact shapes when depicting landscapes.  On the contrary to ancient arts which hide figures, Ma Dong-Min’s exploration of figures in landscape paintings demonstrates an influence by contemporary society and his individual experience.

 

In today’s international world of painting, due to the challenges of photography and also to pull the distance to the traditional realism, there are mainly three categories of prevailing paintings style which are the expressive painting, the conceptual figurative painting and the surrealistic painting. Ma Dong Min’s painting incorporate all the three styles. His works are a combination of EXPRESSIONISM, CONCEPTUALISM & SURREALISM.  

 

Ma Dong Min’s highest auction record was TWD8,024,000 (HKD2,000,286) and latest auction records in 2017 was RMB920,000 (HKD1,150,000).  Ma Dong Min is one of the top 10 most collectible living Chinese contemporary artists recommended by the China Association of Collectors (Award Ceremony, 25 March 2018, Beijing National Stadium).  

 

His works were exhibited widely in China and overseas, included Solo Exhibitions in Today Art Museum China in 2013, Italy in 2011, New York in 2008, Hong Kong in 1994.