PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF STEVEN C. ROCKEFELLER, JR. AND KIMBERLY ROCKEFELLER
Born in Xi’an, Ma Xinle received extensive artistic training beginning at a young age, when he benefItted from opportunities to observe such masters as Li Keran, Lu Yanshao, and Cheng Shifa demonstrate painting at Diaoyutai State House. He received a Master’s degree in Chinese traditional painting from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts and studied with such modern masters as Cheng Shifa ,Liu Wenxi, and Huang Zhou, who exerted the strongest influence on the young artist. After he moved to the United States, Ma Xinle also studied connoisseurship with the artist-collector C.C. Wang (Wang Jiqian, 1907-2003). A very versatile artist, he also received an MFA in oil painting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and taught watercolor and Chinese paintings for eight years. He now is active as an educator, art advisor, and cultural representative to such organizations as the Beijing Yanhuang Art Museum, the Rockefeller Art Foundation, and the Chinese Artists Association. Ma Xinle’s paintings have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in China, the U. S. , Canada and other countries, and they can be found in museums, private and corporate collections, and government monumental buildings. In 2016 one of his paintings, The Nine Galloping Horses, was presented to Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday as a state gift from the People’s Republic of China.
The first version of this large and dramatic composition of horses racing through a blizzard of snow hangs in the main conference room at the International Conference Center at Yanqi Hu Lake, Huairou, Beijing, which has hosted such important events as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum. In 2012 Steven C. Rockefeller, Jr. commissioned Ma Xinle to complete a second but equally powerful version offered here. Mr. Rockefeller and his wife Kimberly have been enthusiastic collectors’ of Ma Xinle’s paintings for a decade. This relationship and friendship has resulted in the coordination of several Chinese art and culture exchange programs, including “Calligraphy and The Art of Business” now on view at Yale University. A key work on loan in this exhibition is Ma Xinle’s towering portrait of Yan Zhenqing (709-785) an historic Tang Dynasty calligrapher, governor and general.