Mary A. Johnson has taught fine art in the United States, Shanghai, and Beijing; most recently as the Head of Studio for the International Foundations Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
She creates work using organic materials and digital images extracted from still lives reminiscent of Petri dishes, forgotten refrigerators, and Dutch paintings. Her work investigates places of tension and emphasizes the unstable and unreliable.
Johnson has shown her work globally including the New York Hall of Science, the Nekrasov Library in Moscow, and multiple art centers and museums in China. Her work has been in group exhibitions juried by Jerry Saltz and Garth Johnson. Recently, her work was included in Paper On Top, an exhibition curated by Chang Feng and traveling to the Chinese cities of Qingdao, Shenyang, Jilin, Shenzhen and Beijing. Additionally, her work has been included in multiple international publications, including Rebeka Elizegi’s book Collage by Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists published by PromoPress in Madrid and sold in bookstores globally such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.