Ma Sibo - Habitat

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Ma Sibo - Habitat 馬思博 - 棲 息 地

北 京 德 薩 畫 廊 De sarthe gallery - Beijing

Ma Sibo - Habitat

北 京 德 薩 畫 廊 De sarthe gallery - Beijing

Ma Sibo's canvases show us fragments of intimate landscapes, like windows into the soul. Their evocative power is derived from a de-realization of scraps of daily life that seem transported into a dreamlike and mysterious dimension. Plays of light and haziness, obtained by an astonishing manipulation of his materials in gradation, create a troublingly strange effect that blankets the banal scenes and spaces. In these places, purged of all human presence, sensations are elicited by things and colors. Indeed, Ma Sibo's brushes envelope inert objects with an emotional aura, awakening distant memories and a vague nostalgia. Merry-go-rounds in a theme park, a suitcase or clothing abandoned in the half-light of a bedroom are pictorial reminiscences of a past childhood. The very vision of the space seems to be "on a child's scale": the eye does not see the entirety of the landscape, but it is struck by details and objects in the foreground, bathed in a vibrant and evanescent light. Therefore, the spectator grasps only the atmosphere of these falsely realist places, these silent "interiors" and "gardens" outside of any precise time or space. Ma Sibo studied painting and calligraphy in China, before spending four years specializing in fine art at Toulon and Nimes. His principle references in painting are the great masters of impressionism, for their hazy and imperceptible transitions between shadow and light. Mark Rothko, for his fluidity of colors and the "silence" of his large colored surfaces, and Edward Hopper, for his piercing light and representations of the loneliness of urban life. Ma Sibo often wanders through Beijing, where he lives and works, taking photographs of hidden corners amongst the buildings, sheltered from the frenetic energy of the city. These photographs serve as inspirations and models for his painstakingly worked oil paintings. As they are gradually faded, stratified and retouched by the paint, these landscapes take on the dreamlike atmosphere of the unreal. A strange mixture of reality and imagination, Ma Sibo's luminous visions recall Baudelaire's windows: closed to the outside world but lit from within by a dazzling and vivid candle, revealing the poetry of our dreams.


Air Terminal 2016 Oil on canvas 50 x 160 cm (50 x 40 cm each)

Night Worker 2016 Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm

Companion 2016 Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm

Between Up And Down 2016 Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm

Entrance 2016 Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Campus Court 2016 Oil on canvas 150 x 140 cm

No Grassland 2016 Oil on canvas 152 x 116 cm

Shore 2016 Oil on canvas 225 x 300 cm

Between Left And Right 2016 Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm

Deer In The Forest 2016 Oil on canvas 300 x 200 cm

Side In Water 2015 Oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm

Seal 2015 Oil on canvas 170 x 200 cm


MA SIBO 1985

Born in Tianjin, China Currently lives and works in Beijing, China EDUCATION


Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, Nîmes, France


Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design- Toulon Provence Mediterranée, Toulon, France


Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China SOLO EXHIBITIONS


Habitat, de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing, China


There will be light, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France


Apparition, Galerie Loft, Paris, France


Les solitudes, Galerie Loft, Paris, France GROUP EXHIBITIONS


Artists at Play, de Sarthe Beijing, Beijing, China You, I, Among Us, de Sarthe Beijing, Beijing, China


Don`t Look Back, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium 70/ 80, La mutation générationnelle de l'art contemporain chinois. Galerie Loft, Paris, France


La vie est ailleurs, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand Made in China, Hélène Bailly Gallery, Paris, France


The Yangjingbang Culture, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China


Depths, Yan Club Arts Center, 798, Beijing, China


Journey to the End of the Night, Yan Club Arts Center, 798, Beijing, China


Histoire d'Eau, Gréoux-les-Bains, France Fromage et Dessert, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, Nîmes, France


From a figure to another, Carré d'Art- Mur Foster, Nîmes, France Pay attention, fresh paint!, Hôtel de Ville, Garons, France


Drawings, Galerie La Palette, Toulon, France Eight Academies of Fine Arts, Graduates Exhibition, National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Beijing, China

Published on the occasion of de Sarthe Gallery - Beijing exhibition:

Ma Sibo - Habitat Oct 15 - Nov 27, 2016

de Sarthe Gallery 北京市朝陽區草場地藝術區328-d 328-d, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, 100015 Beijing, China T. +86 010-84182441 | E. Catalog: © 2016 de Sarthe Gallery - Beijing © Ma Sibo Design: Willis Lam, de Sarthe Gallery

北 京 德 薩 畫 廊 De sarthe gallery - Beijing

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