Calvin Ma

"I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety. As an adult, I face difficulties in social environments. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes my ability to function socially. Even as a child, I was reserved and apprehensive, so I turned to toys to keep me entertained. I believe the tactile activity of playing, coupled with my active imagination helped establish my passion for the action figure early on. There was something captivating about picking up my favorite hero or villain and creating stories and adventures. It felt only natural to tap into this childlike sense of exploration and storytelling through my artwork." -Calvin Ma

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Calvin  Ma BLACK SHEEP
BLACK SHEEP
16 x 16 x 6 in
Calvin  Ma DWINDLE
DWINDLE
19 x 13 x 4 in
Calvin  Ma ON MY TOES
ON MY TOES
17 x 9 x 8 in
Calvin  Ma PROTECTIVE
PROTECTIVE
17 x 7 x 6 in
Calvin  Ma DREAMER
DREAMER
13 x 6 x 8 in
Calvin  Ma HELPING HANDS
HELPING HANDS
13 x 15 x 7 in
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Education
2012
MFA Sculpture Academy of Art University

2007
BA Industrial Arts San Francisco State University

Awards
2014
The Artery, California Clay Competition, The Artery Award

2013
City of Brea Art Gallery, ACGA National Clay & Glass Exhibition, 1st Place

2012
The Lorton Arts Foundation, 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National, Best of Show

The Artery, California Clay Competition, Clay Planet Award

Academy of Art University, Best in Show MFA 2nd Place

2011
The Artery, California Clay Competition, Leslie’s Ceramics Award

Academy of Art University, Spring Show, Best in Show MFA

2010
Academy of Art University, Spring Show, MFA Director’s Choice

2009
Academy of Art University, Spring Show, Best Bronze Sculpture

Solo Exhibitions
2014
Calvin Ma Homebodies: In My Shell, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA

2013
Calvin Ma Homebodies, Roscoe Ceramic Gallery, Oakland, CA

2012
Calvin Ma Blending In, The Cannery Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions
2014
California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA, April 25th-May 23rd

Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2013
Mad Hatters, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA

 Affordable Art Fair, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA

SOFA Chicago, Festival Hall Navy Pier, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Chicago, IL

The Compendium of Craft, Art Attack SF, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Joe Kowalczyk

Ceramics Annual of America, Civic Center, San Francisco, CA

Chronicle: Tales of the Sea, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Visions in Clay, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA, Curator: Peter Held

Curiosities, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

America's ClayFest, Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, CA, Curator: Richard Shaw

ACGA National Clay & Glass Exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA, Curator: Carol Sauvion

2012
Small Works Show, Roscoe Ceramic Gallery, Oakland, CA

Allied Forces, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Altar Project, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National, McGuire Woods Gallery, Lorton, Virginia, Curator: Peter Held

Academy of Art University Spring Show, The Cannery Gallery, San Francisco, CA

California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts, Davis, CA

California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA, Curator: Tony Natsoulas

2011
Woodland Group Show, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Everybody’s Hero, Fabric8, San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University Spring Show, Van Ness Gallery, San Francisco, CA

California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts, Davis, CA

California Clay Competition, The Artery, Davis, CA, Curator: Nancy M. Servis

Feats of Clay XXIV, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA, Curator: Donna Billick

2010
Academy of Art University Spring Show, 79 New Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, CA

California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts, Davis, CA

2009
Academy of Art University Spring Show, Brannon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Publication
500 Figures in Clay volume 2, 2014, Lark, New York, NY
GEEK-ART Une Anthologie, Thomas Olivri, 2012, Huginn & Muninn, Paris, France

Collections
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

 

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