Clouds into the Empty House by Ma Yi Xing

Coulds into the Empty House: original oil on canvas by Ma Yi Xing (Yi Xing Ma), 1994, 220 cm x 150 cm; painted in a deconstructionist style.  Ma tells us that the reason he often uses a horse, in his paintings, is not because his name, Ma, means horse, in Chinese, but because he believes that, in modern Chinese society, it is the age of the horse because people are controled, like horses, in their family and social lives. 

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Leona Craig Art specializes in contemporary Chinese art, including oil paintings, modern watercolor paintings, Yixing zisha teapot art, and sculpture.  The gallery is located in Guangzhou, China, and we have established relationships with artists and the art community, in China.  Our founder, Craig Mattoli, has a background in investment and in art.  He has been involved in both businesses for several decades at various locations around the world.  He currently teaches finance and economics at a university, in China, in addition to running the gallery.  He also has been writing articles about art and investing for various publications around the world.

We specialize in the mid-range of prices because not only are there many talented artists in this group but also we have found that the high end of many markets for art and other investments often becomes too hyped.  Indeed, it is always the underdiscovered, overlooked parts of any market that offer the best opportunities for investment.  Our gallery is located in Guangzhou because there are many fine Chinese artists, in Guangzhou, and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts had early connections with the original school of contemporary Chinese oil painting, in Hangzhou.