Ma Dan Chinese, b. 1985
Ma Dan captures a moment, where time is stopped in her paintings, allowing the viewer to reminisce about their childhood whilst engaging and indulging in the surrealist world she has created.
Transcending reality by sheer dreaming, Ma Dan depicts the country landscape in a simple and primitive style. “Nature” and “Space” are the primary subject matters in Ma Dan’s works in which she builds up an atmosphere of dream-like tranquility. This manner of treating landscapes is reminiscent of the works by Henri Rousseau whose style of work is known as “primitivism”. One hundred years later, Ma Dan immerses herself in a dreamlike space, reminding us of a distant era. The back view of a lonely innocent little girl is not only a self-portrait, but also a key to the entrance of a passage into the artist’s dream, which leads the viewer to Ma Dan’s subconscious realm.
Born in Yunnan, artist and painter Ma Dan is represented by Pellas Gallery.
Ma Dan portrays a young child, with her back facing the viewer, absorbed by her surroundings in a dreamlike world. The series of vibrantly colored paintings appear almost like a storyline depicting a joyful childhood.
Ma captures a moment, where time is stopped in her paintings, allowing the viewer to reminisce about their childhood whilst engaging and indulging in the surrealist world she's created.
Ma Dan’s works have been exhibited in the United States, Taiwan, Beijing and other major international art fairs in the country and have been favored by collectors in all these places. Her solo exhibition will be opened at Amy Li Gallery in July, and her catalog will be published in Taiwan at the meantime.