Hong Yi, also known by her nickname, ‘Red’, is an artist known for creating pieces using everyday, unconventional materials.
After graduating with Master in Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Red moved to Shanghai for a career in architecture. She fell in love with the city’s chaotic charm, once home to her father and grandparents. Inspired by her surroundings and the range of affordable materials available from wholesale markets, it was here Red completed her first unconventional work, a portrait of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei made entirely out of sunflower seeds. A wave of innovative artworks ensued, including a portrait of Adele using 1500 melted tea lights, Aung San Suu Kyi with dyed carnations, a hanging structure of Jackie Chan using chopsticks. The use of materials in bulk in her project alludes to the globalization and mass production in China and Asia.
Red has been featured in publications including Wall Street Journal, TIME, Fast Company and Huffington Post. She has spoken at conferences internationally on the topics of creativity and innovation, including the APEC Young Entrepreneur Conference in Beijing, TEDxkl in Kuala Lumpur, EG Conference in Monterey, California, and presented at the World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos, Switzerland.
She is inspired by human diversity and the nuances of the human experience, and hopes her work will continue to allow her to share with and learn from different people and cultures.
Lectures & Conferences
- 2012 Speaker at 6th EG Conference, California, USA
- 2012 Speaker at Creative Asia Conference, Hong Kong, China
- 2012 Lecturer at Domus Academy, Milan, Italy
- 2012 Workshop tutor at Nuovo Accedemia Di Belle Arti (NABA), Milan, Italy
- 2013 Speaker at 7th EG Conference, California, USA
- 2013 Speaker at APEC Young Entrepreneur’s Summit, Beijing, China
- 2013 Lecturer at China Academy of Art, Shanghai, China
- 2013 Speaker at Kuala Lumpur Design Forum (Archidex), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 2013 Speaker at TEDxkl, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 2014 Speaker at Fiesta Malaysia, Melbourne
- 2014 Speaker at Equip World Vision, Melbourne
- 2015 Presenter at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
- 2015 Speaker at Business of Innovation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Awards & Grants
- 2003 Malaysian National finalist, Sabah State Fine Art Competition
- 2009 Australian National Finalist, SONA Superstudio 24 Hour Architecture Competition
- 2010 Australian National Finalist and Highly Commended prize, SONA Superstudio 24 Hour Architecture Competition
- 2010 Elenberg Fraser Prize for Best Presentation, SONA
- 2010 Melbourne Abroad Scholarship, exchange at Delft University of Technology
- 2011 Special Mention award, Architecture Australia Unbuilt Competition
- 2013 Esquire Magazine ‘Brilliant Malaysian Creator’ award
- 2013 Perspective Global Hong Kong ’40 Under 40′ designers award
- 2013 Australian Young Entrepreneur Award, Malaysian Australian Alumni Council
- 2015 ASEAN Outstanding Business Artist Award