Ma Li

Born in Fuzhou, China

Based in Berlin and San Francisco



2014  MFA, San Francisco Art Institute

2005 BS Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Dong Hua University


2018  Judge for Greenpeace and ArtsThread MAKE SMTHING week art competition

2018 Semi-finalist, Russian Film Festival, Moscow

2017  Musrara International Artist in Residency Fellowships, Jerusalem 

2017 Kepler 452b, ZKU Residency, Berlin, Germany

2016  Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2016  La Napoule Art Foundation Residency Award, France

2016  Momentum Berlin Residency, Germany

2015  The Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards

2015  Recology San Francisco Artist in Residency 

2014  Knight Foundation Grant

2014  Vermont Studio Center Residency with Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships

2014  Elsewhere Museum Residency

2014  Finalist for Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowships

2013  Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award

2013  San Francisco Art Institute Grant

2012  ArtSlant 3rd Round Sculptue Showcase Winner

2012  ArtSlant 4rd Round Installation Showcase Winner



Dance Dance Republik, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

The Moment with Surah-Am-Ma, Musrara Mix Festival, Jerusalem, Israel

Dance Dance Republik, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY (Upcoming)


Wish You Could Have Seen This, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bits en Route, Momentum Worldwide Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Let Your Cosmos Burn!, Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland


Gathering Among Stars, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Meet You at The Bird Bridge in The Milky Way, Recology Artist in Residence Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

Seeing, Peeping, and Scrying, Alter Space—Peephole Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Children of SurahAmma, Jerusalem Arts Festival, Jerusalem


The 45th Athens International Film + Video Festival, Ohio, USA

Recology AIR Exhibition at SF Environment Department, San Francisco, USA


FUtopia, BLAM Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Three Women: Three Possibilities For Happiness, Social Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

Composition of A New Tribe, New Derfler Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel


Game of Codes (two-person), Migrant Birds Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Photography and Video Retrospective of Recology Artist in Residence Program, SF Camerawork, San Francisco

Daojiao New New Art Festival, Guangdong, China

Prinivethao: Space Salutation (two-person), Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Le Chateau A Neuf Vies, Château de La Napoule Gallery, Mandelieu, France


Neverland (two-person), Zhong Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Trashed and Treasured, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA


Anne & Mark's Art Party, Santa Clara, CA

Something Completely Different, City Limits Gallery, Oakland, CA

If..., Google, Mountain View, CA

Principal, The Old Mint, San Francisco, CA

Suspension of Belief, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

DREAMWORKS, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Refraction, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA

The Misfit Toy Factory, Root Division, San Francisco, CA


TSFF & SOMArts Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

Nothing, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Undercurrents & the Quest for Space, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

New Voices - New Visions, Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA

Whimsical Sister Group, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Fantasy Factory, Stanford Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford, CA


The A.I.R. Gallery 10th Biennial, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Transcendent, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Flying Fish, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Backlash, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

From Mice to Monsters, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Momentum National Juried Exhibition, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Melancholic Serenity, Public Works, San Francisco, CA

Through That Which Is Seen, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Juxtaposing Landscapes, Cellspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Works on Paper, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

Crappy Birthday, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Tales of the City, Cellspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA


The Cowboys & Indians, Cellspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Snap to Point - Aiga Juried exhibition, Gallery del Grotto, San Francisco, CA



2017 Private collections

2016  Momentum Worldwide collection

2015  Recology San Francisco

2014  Nion McEvoy collection

2014  Elsewhere Museum collection

2014  Lumos Labs collection



Dreaming of Home: Wong Ju Lim and Ma Li, Genevieve Quick


Ma Li: Berlin night life and Techno Music, Rui Tang, Art World China

Manifesta 11 Cabaret der Künstler - Zunfthaus Voltaire book


Ma Li delves into the Musrara Mix, Ori J. Lenkinski, Jerusalem Post, Israel

BLAM Says Goodbye to its Physical Space With a Look at a Dystopian Future, Genie Davis, Art and Cake, Los Angeles 


Game of Codes by Silia Ka Tung & Ma Li, Guo Xiaohui, Art.Zip Magazine, London

Arts Commission Building Flashes Morse Code Messages From Ex-SF Artists, Adam Brinklow, Curbed San Francisco

A San Francisco Building Sends Out Coded Messages About Displacement, John Metcalfe, CityLab

Artists Who Have Been Priced Out of San Francisco Show the City What It's Missing, Adele Peters, Co.Exist

Wish You Could Have Seen This, Phil Wang, World Journal 

Exiled SF Artists Get the Last Word in Public Art Show, Sam Whiting, SFGate

These Artists Are Flashing Secret Messages in Morse Code to San Francisco, Kelly Bonner, UpOut

See What Artists-in-residence at A Trash Dump Create, Anika Burgess, Atlas Obscura

Momentum, Ma Li: Bits en Route, Berlin Art Link

对艺术实践的一场暗喻:候鸟空间的“游戏代码”, Artnet China


San Francisco Artist Make Art From Trash, Mike O'Sullivan, VOA News, Los Angeles 

Chinese-Born Artist Ma Li Makes Treasure from Trash, Abhi Singh, KQED Arts

Artists Are Getting Paid To Use SF's Recyclables to Make Pretty Things, Jay Barmann, SFist

The Hidden Parts of Everyday Life, Colin Winnette, Asian Art Museum Magazine 

In Praise of the Funk: Practice in Paradise and Seeing, Peeping, & Scrying at Alter Space, Lani Asher, SFAQ 

Gathering Among Stars, SF Arts Weekly, San Francisco

Artist You Should Know: Ma LiAlex Mak, Broke-ass Stuart

Photo Feature: San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, Passport 2015: Japantown, SF Art Enthusiast


Artist Showcase: MaLi, November issue, SÝN Magazine, London, UK

Scenery, a Bay Area Perspective, Candace Cui, Mosshouse

Anne & Mark's Art Party opens to public in San Jose, Mercury News

"Principal" San Francisco Art Institute MFA Show 2014 at the San Francisco Mint, Art Enthusiast

San Francisco Art Institute: Principal - 2014 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition,


Whimsical fabric installation inspired by China's past, Kelly Chung Dawson, China Daily

Infinite variety of Asian artists, Janos Gereben, Examiner

MFA Now: Archive 2013, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

MFA show at SFAI, Alan Bamberger,


Dave Bown Project 4th Semi-annual Top 25

Through That Which Is Seen at Root Division, Art Enthusiast

Spotlight Emerging Artist: LI MA, Lauren Smith, 2 Op Collective

Dig Up the Diorama! Art of the Miniature at Root Division, Jeremiah Barber, KQEDArts


MFA Now: Archive 2012, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Momentum, Exhibition Catalog, Los Angeles, CA

Wonderland conjures dystopia, fantasy, and artistic ambition, The Guardsman


Illustration for "Amber Alert Solved", etc. Magazine, San Francisco CA