21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 | Kyle Ma


Kyle Ma, Into the Woods, oil, 20 x 24.

Kyle Ma, Into the Woods, oil, 20 x 24.

Art Education: I’ve had a love for art since I was very young and would study great works of art in museums and galleries I visited. I attempted to emulate the qualities in the works I saw. Later I was able to take several classes and workshops, which empowered me with a deeper understanding of what is needed to produce a great work of art.

Style: I do not think about having a painting style. I simply try to be truthful to myself when I paint.

Creative Spark: I find beauty in everyday life, but my greatest inspiration comes from nature. During my early childhood I lived in a rural town called Hukou in Taiwan. Being surrounded by the amazing landscape every day made me realize how incredibly beautiful the natural world is.

Other Passions: I am also passionate about music, and I enjoy playing the euphonium.

Best Advice Received: To never be afraid of failing. It is what’s learned during the experience that truly counts.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: I keep going back to a painting by John Singer Sargent titled MOSTLY ALLIGATORS. The incredible composition, draftsmanship, and paint handling inspires me every time I see it.

Future Goals: To continue to improve my craft and become adept with every type of subject.

Price Range: $600 to $3,300.

Representation: Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; Bella Muse Gallery, Provo, UT; InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX; Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, WY.

Featured in the September 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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