Red Hong Yi
Hong Yi’s grandparents and father left Shanghai in the ’60s during the start of the Cultural Revolution and moved to Sabah, Malaysia where she was born and raised. Growing up, Hong Yi heard stories about how life was like for them and her relatives in China, but never thought much about it.
After graduating with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Melbourne, she took up an offer to work for Australian architecture firm HASSELL in their Shanghai office, and was completely taken with the city, with its special structures and tensions, its unique history and culture. This inspired Hong Yi to start on creating art using local everyday materials she found in China as her medium. It was an outlet for her to express how much she felt for a place her grandparents once fled from. Hong Yi documents these projects and shares it on her social media platforms.
Known as the artist who ‘loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush’, her works have been featured by media around the world including Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CNN, NBC and the Daily Mail. She has worked with clients such as Hewlett Packard, Unilever, Nespresso, Esquire and Astro, was invited as a presenter at the 6th and 7th EG Conference in Monterey, California, and lectured in design universities Domus Academy and NABA in Milan, and traveled to USA, Italy, Germany, China, Malaysia, Australia and Hong Kong to present her work. Hong Yi was named Esquire magazine’s 12 Brilliant Malaysians and given Perspective Global’s 40 Under 40 Designers award. She currently lives and works between Shanghai and Malaysia.