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. He has majored graphic design in 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.