contemporary artist as a youngster, Hong Kong-born Simon ma couldn’t settle on a particular art. at seven, he began learning traditional chinese painting; at 11, he studied music; and after moving to London, he studied at the Bartlett School of architecture, where he began to experiment in mixing disciplines, creating what he would later call “crossover art.” after graduating with a master’s, he moved to Shanghai and in 2002 opened m House, the studio where he creates and showcases various art pieces—sculptures, furniture, installations and designs for luxury brands such as Ferrari, Vertu, Ducati, Lamborghini, porsche and rémy martin.
ARTISTIC APPROACH ma combines specialities and influences, and feels most comfortable being identified as a crossover artist. For instance, he takes a contemporary approach to chinese painting, incorporating eastern and Western influences. this approach appeals to Bulgari, which has frequently employed crossover techniques, especially with watches and jewellery.
OCTO FINISSIMO Bulgari approached ma last year to collaborate on its octo Finissimo project. He hand-painted the dials of 13 watches, applying chinese calligraphy in rich, beautiful lacquers of various colours. in his crossover style, ma paid homage to traditional chinese art while maintaining the roman design codes of Bulgari and respecting the discipline of Swiss watchmaking.