Born in Liaoning, China. He graduated from Liaoning Normal College in 1929 and taught in various high schools and colleges in Liaoning, Jilin and Beijing. He used to be an editor and committee member of the National Institute for Compilation and Translation, responsible for the editing of elementary and middle school art textbooks. In addition he had membership in various art societies, including Art Society of China in Taiwan, Chinese Art Society, consultant of Chinese Water Color Painting Society, researcher of the Chinese Academic institute, judge of Chung Shan Literary Prize etc., In 1990 Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts held a workshop of "Ma Pai-sui Art Research" and complimented on his achievements. In 1999, "Color and Landscape: Ma Pai-sui Retrospective Exhibition at Age 90" was held in National Museum of History where more than 200 related books were published. His achievement and style were highly respected with all his contribution to watercolor painting education and research. Ma Pai-sui passed away in New York in 2003.