Heart Water Ink Debuts in Miami

Simon Ma, Courtesy of the artist

“Ren Ma” or “Benevolent Horse” by Simon Ma. Courtesy of the artist

A man of many talents, Chinese artist Simon Ma holds degrees in architecture and urban planning from University College of London. For those traveling south this summer, his exhibition Heart Water Ink makes its U.S. premiere in Miami, Fla. on July 12, 2014, at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum.  The exhibition is on view through Oct. 19, and follows the success of Ma’s previous touring exhibition Ink Brush Heart, shown at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

Heart Water Ink features more than 70 works including paintings, Chinese ink hybrids, graffiti art, Chinese calligraphy sculptures, dimensional stroke and lacquer paintings, 3-D art video, projections, Murano glass, and large-scale dragon and horse sculptures. “Simon Ma has taken the awesome figure of the Chinese Dragon, the iconic symbol of the people of China, to invigorate the image of the horse in a variety of media, arrangements and defining postures,” said Dr. Carol Damian who curated the exhibition for the Frost.  “The horse transcends time to become a key element of his work and a new symbol of nature for Ma.”

Born in Hong Kong in 1974, Simon Ma studied under Master Fan Tzu Teng. Passionate about music, art and design as a child, he moved to London all on his own when he was 13 and began to experiment with Western art and design.  He holds degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University College of London (Bartlett Architecture College) and founded his own art and lifestyle company MA.Design.

Ma’s work has been exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Taiwan Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, MOCA Shanghai, Amsterdam’s Leslie Smith Gallery, Three on the Bund, Beijing 798 District, Vienna’s Dorotheum, Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Music/Palazzo Pisani (with Julian Lennon), and public art installations throughout Shanghai. His artwork is included in numerous private collections and in the corporate collections of Westin, The Pingan Group, and Bank of Communications.

Ma has served as Professor at Donghua University Shanghai, East China Normal University, Tongji University, East China University of Science & Technology and the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  He founded the M-Charity School in China’s rural Guizhou Province in 2004.

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