Janet Puiyan Ma

Originally from Hong Kong, Janet (Pui Yan) Ma is an artist based in San Francisco, California. She is interested in multicultural ideologies and that is reflected in her early series of work. In May 2016, she completed her Bachelor's degree in Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, minoring in Art History with a concentration in Curatorial Studies.


I have always had an interest in colors and the nature of shapes. Fascinated by how different forms come together as whole and range of color hues, I together with my studies on Josef Albers' Interaction of Color and contemporary Minimalists, have tremendously helped me during my creative process.

Constantly exploring colors emotions and interactions, each piece is about evoking inner peace and cosmic consciousness, depending on the particular moment or state of mind. They are subtle and quiet; and I use matte finish and brilliant color combinations to visually represent the layers of life, webs of memories, and the complexities and reflections of my personal sentiments with people and nature. Through the process of making I am creating an embodied understanding of sensuality, vibrancy, and enchantment in colors as they radiate on the surface and with the surrounding.

In current series, I am inspired by the San Francisco landscapes and colors. Living in the northeast of the city, adjacent to Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, have enabled me to continue exploring and mapping out my personal memories and narratives with a mix of urban subculture.