Ma Liang, pseudonym Maleonn, was born in 1972 in Shanghai (China), where he still lives and works. From 1984 to 1995 he attended the Art School Shanghai Huashan, and in 2003 he graduated in Graphic Design at the Fine Art College of Shanghai University. After working as an art director for many films, in 2004 he decided to devote himself entirely to the creation of artistic productions, specifically to photography.

With an original visual language that betrays his great passion for theater and set design, Ma Liang choses subjects and locations that seem to take a life of their own. The true protagonists of this intensely creative performance are fantasy, imagination, and expressive joy. Ma Liang is the spokesman of such forgotten lightness, and he evokes the continual need for dreams, for escape from the world in which we live, by catapulting the observer into a reality of intense colors, fabled castles and peculiar characters who return our gaze expectantly. Liano was accepted immediately with great interest from the contemporary art scene. He not only boasts large exhibitions in China, as in the Aura Gallery and Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, but also participation in solo and collective international shows. Equally notable is his participation in the V&A Museum in London and Museum of Chinese Art in New York.

Solo shows


White on white – 18 gallery/Magda Danizs, Shanghai, China

The kingdom of illusions - Galerie ParisBeijing, Paris, France

What love is – Ofoto Gallery, Shanghai, China

Shanghai legendary – artnextgallery, New York, USA


Endless Dreamers, CO2 Contemporary Art, Roma, Italy

Days on the Cotton Candy, Kasia Art Project Gallery, Chicago, USA

Marbles, Gossip Gallery. Bangkok, Thailand


Nostalgia, Around Space, Shanghai, China

Labyrinth, Craig Scott Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Cicada, Zendai Moma, Shanghai, China


Sweets and Sours, Art Sea Gallery, M50, Shanghai, China

Transfigurations, Craig Scott Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Wonderland, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China


Face to mask, Advance Gallery, Shanghai, China

CO2 contemporary art . Via Piave 66 . 00187 Roma . Italy . t.+39.06.45471209 . .

Group Shows (selection)


“Growing pains of a Lotus” ART LEXING, Miami USA



Stand CO2 ROMA. The Road to Contemporary Art, Roma, Italy


House arrest, Gallery Mai36, Zurich, Switzerland

China Design Now, V&A Museum, London, Great Britain

Out of Spotlight, Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art, New York, USA


Chinese Walls, Walls Gallery, Amsterdam, Nederlands

Post-Vanguard, Chinese contemporary Art’, Hong Kong

What makes Shanghai Addictive?, Oranienburgerstrasse Kuppelhalle(Dome) of the

‘Rodeo-Club’, Berlin, Germany

Asiana – A Survey of Contemporary Asian Art, Toronto, Canada

Whispering Wind: recent Chinese Photography, Nashville, USA

Dragon’s Evolution, China-Square Art Center, New York, USA

Shanghai New Art, Washington Art Fair, DC, USA


Happily Ever After, Hardcore Contemporary Art Space, Miami, USA

Diaporama Festival, Nantes, France

IDAA (International Digital Art Awards), Queensland, Australia

The Virtual Salon, MOCA, New York, USA


Creation, Olive Hyde Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Portrait of Maleonn