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Hong Yi, also known as, ‘Red’, is an artist who focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials for her work through the accumulation of objects.

Red studied at the University of Melbourne and TUDelft and holds a Master of Architecture. While working in Shanghai for Australian architecture firm HASSELL, Red built installations during weekends from the range of affordable materials available at local wholesale markets. Her artworks featuring portraits of renowned Chinese personalities were circulated widely on social media and media publications, including Wall Street Journal, TIME, New York Times, CNBC and Fast Company. Red has been commissioned by clients such as Facebook, Google, Gucci, Chase JP Morgan and the Mandarin Oriental, and exhibited pieces at the World Economic Forum (Davos), Anchorage Museum (Alaska), Design Miami (Miami) and the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco). Sotheby’s Institute has named her one of the “11 art world entrepreneurs you should know” in 2018.

Red is currently working on her first solo exhibition (likely to be in March 2019 in Hong Kong) while managing her design studio, Red One Studio.

Selected Exhibitions and Lectures

Selected Exhibitions and Collections

  • 2015 Teh Tarik Man, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
  • 2015 100 Meaningful Things, Design Miami, Miami, USA (Group Exhibition)
  • 2017 The Art of Fandom, Anchorage Museum, Alaska, USA (Group Exhibition)
  • 2017 Bloom, Mandarin Oriental, Macau, China
  • 2018 Butterfly Lovers, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA

Speaking Presentations

  • 2012 Speaker at 6th EG Conference, California, USA
  • 2012 Speaker at Domus Academy, Milan, Italy
  • 2013 Speaker at APEC Young Entrepreneur’s Summit, Beijing, China
  • 2013 Speaker 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
  • 2015 Presenter at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
  • 2015 Speaker at Business of Innovation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2017 Speaker at the New York Times, Hong Kong
  • 2018 Speaker at Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference, Hong Kong
Awards & Mentions


  • 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
  • 2014 Australia Unlimited “19 Future Chasers”
  • 2015 ASEAN Outstanding Business Artist Award  
  • 2018 Sotheby Institute “11 Art World Entrepreneurs You Should Know”
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