Claremont Art Studios

Shang Ma: Expressive Figure Oil Paintings

A one-night-only viewing of expressive figure oil paintings by guest artist Shang Ma ( We know you’ll enjoy these phenomenally engaging works by one of our favorite local artists.

New works by resident artists will also be on view (Maria Fregoso-Wood, Carol Aaron, the Yarn Bombers, Sarah Soward). Complimentary wine, beer, and snacks.

Parking is limited. Please walk, bike, carpool, or take public transit if you can!

Shang Ma Expressive Figure oil Painting



I have been living in San Francisco for several years. I gave up what I previously owned, as well as my background, identity, and some good opportunities in my country. I had to create a whole new life, and find a new existence. I came with my hopes and dreams of art. Art became a form of my existence, and it has been a real challenge for myself. As a result, I have been able to apply these experiences to my art and use them as a way of expressing myself through painting.

I focus on expressive figure oil painting. My painting expresses a main concept involving the state of existence and my understanding about existence. The paintings depict pain, suffering, and struggle, while still retaining hope. They contain two important aspects. First is the nude figure with no face, hands, and feet. The nude figures and body language in these paintings represent my negative emotional state. The second is the use of abstract elements. The abstract elements represent my feelings and mood, in addition to creating the atmosphere. I also use abstract elements to break up the figure, while at the same time fusing that figure into its surrounding environment. The colors I choose depend on my expression of each individual figure. They range from highly saturated and high contrast to more muted and subtle variations.

Looking for the answer about my existence from painting process is still important to me.

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