Shang Ma was raised in Hangzhou, China. Shang began learning art at a very young age and since then have always had a passion for art. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua, China. After completing his B.F.A degree, Shang moved to San Francisco and got his M.F.A degree in Academy of Art University (AAU). Now, He focuses on contemporary expressive figure painting. Through different life experiences, he found his own artistic language and art style; his unique figure art represents his perspective of life status of people and emotion of existence. Since 2013 to now day, Shang still keeps working on his “Existence” series paintings and looking for the answer about his existence from art.