Ma Ly teaches French language at Fresno Adult School. He lived in France over 32 years before settling in California in 2008. He grew up in Orléans, a city one hour south of Paris where he later lived and worked until 2006. He also lived 6 months in London, England.
He currently lives in Fresno, California where he manages Colligo Studio, an art studio, gallery and gift shop. He gives art lessons at his studio and at Michaels in Clovis.