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Ma Liuming (Chinese, b.1969)
LOT ID: 78893
Painting no. 12, 2005

Oil, on canvas.
78.74 х 59 in. (200 x 149.86 cm.)
Signed, in Chinese and Pinyin, dated 2005 and inscribed "Painting No.12" all on verso in black ink marker.
Lot description
"Painting no. 12" (2005) is one of most dynamic of the dynamic, conceptual oil paintings by Ma Liuming (China, b. 1969), arguably one of the most important of the 'radical', and now legendary, Chinese Contemporary artists born in the 1960's. "Painting no. 12" is fresh to the secondary market, and large, with unframed dimensions at 78.75 x 59 inches (200 x 150 cm), and is in perfect condition. his painting has been held in a single US Private Collection since it was purchased in 2005 from Aura Gallery, Shanghai.This is a rare, early work from Ma's iconic "Baby" series of conceptual paintings, that each consists of a single, vertically attenuated and highly distorted portrait of a baby in bright colors against a dark monochromatic grey background. The innocent baby here represents the collective population of China, and also acts as a subversive self-portrait ties to Ma's admitted preoccupation with issues of his own re-birth and self-identity. This infant is literally being pulled in multiple directions simultaneously, between the China of today and of yesteryear, of innocence and life experience, between life and death.

Born in 1969 in Hebei province, Ma graduated with a degree in painting from the Hebei Academy of Fine Arts where he already started what would be his career-long exploration of the boundaries of gender and age. Ma Liuming moved to Beijing in 1993 to live in the infamous “East Village” art colony that would turn out to be the incubating ground for some of the most well known and influential Avant-Garde Chinese artists of the past 20 years.
Baby #12 by Ma Liuming
  • Baby #12 by Ma Liuming
  • Baby #12 by Ma Liuming
  • Baby #12 by Ma Liuming
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