"Life is Sweet, Sour, Bitter and Spicy": An Interview with Ma Desheng

Jun 16, 2014 9:47AM

Ma Desheng’s exuberance is contagious, his personality captivating the attention of those around him. The Beijing-born and Paris-based artist is one of China’s more outspoken provocateurs. In 1979, just three years after the death of Mao Zedong, Ma and a group of artists—including Huang Rui, Wang Keping, Qu Leilei and Ai Weiwei—founded the Stars Group (Xingxing), the first post-Mao avant-garde collective to challenge the oppression and censorship of the communist regime. 


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