1957年生於台北，畢業於德國杜塞道夫國立藝術學院。自 1980 年代以來，在台灣當代藝術領域展現其多方面長才，長期關注女性、記憶與土地的課題，創作具有強烈社會批判性，是極具代表性的藝術家。早期從個人具高度批判性的創作開始，逐漸轉向關懷性的社會介入，擅長發揮藝術與政治的有機連結，並對藝術知識體系進行反思，近年則致力於社區藝術、社會議題與環境生態等文化理念之行動與實踐。
Wu Ma-Li is born at Taipei in 1957 and graduated from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in German. Since 1980s, Wu has been showing her talents in multi-fields of contemporary art at Taiwan. Focusing on topics including feminism, memories, and land ethics with strong social criticism in art creation, Wu is a very representative artist. From her own highly-critical art creation in early stage, gradually toward caring approach of social interference, she is specializing at making organic connection between art and politics and reflection on art knowledge system. In recent years, Wu has devoted to realization of cultural concepts including community art projects, social issues, and eco-systems.