Ma Jiahao

Born in Xi’an, China. Based in Saitama. Ma is known as an artist who compresses scale figurines used for architectural models into sculptures, expressing the violence, conflicts and actualities behind the vast amount of population. His first solo exhibition, “霾(Bai)”, meaning dust (2018, TAV GALLERY), was an advanced project in which, with perfumer AIKIKAKU, Ma reproduced the scent of the air contaminant PM2.5, which was a social problem during the period of rapid economic growth. In the second solo exhibition “燎(Liao)”, meaning flame (2020, TAV GALLERY), he responded to the era of cultural cleansing, presenting realistic statues based on famous architectures and the Bodhi Tree, as well as a large-scale sculpture likening Rodin’s Gates of Hell to vulvae.