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Hong Yi is a Malaysian born artist and architectural designer better known by her moniker, 'Red'. She is known for using everyday materials for her paintings and art installations, as an artist who 'paints without a paintbrush'.[1][2]

Early Life and Education

Red was born in Kota Kinabalu, a city in the island of Borneo in Malaysia.[3] She graduated with a Bachelor of Planning and Design in 2007 and a Master of Architecture in 2010 from the University of Melbourne [4] before moving to Shanghai to work for Australian architecture firm HASSELL.[5]. Captivated by her new environment in Shanghai, Red was inspired to create artwork to document her new chapter and uploaded videos of her work online went viral. She was encouraged by her boss to take a six-month sabbatical to explore her career in art before quitting to be a full-time artist in January 2013.[6]

Work

Inspired by China's production power and abundance of materials found in wholesale markets, Red discovered her style of art by using materials in bulk to create portraits of well-known Chinese personalities.[7][8] Her other work includes a portrait of Ai Weiwei with seven kilograms of sunflower seeds as a tribute to his porcelain Sunflower Seeds installation[9], Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou with 2000 socks[10], singer Jay Chou with coffee cup stains as a tribute to his song "Secret"[11], Aung Saan Su Kyi with 2000 dyed carnations noting the way she ties flowers in her hair[12], and singer Adele with thousands of melted tealight candles as a tribute to her song, "Set Fire to the Rain".[13]

Her work has been sought after by clients around the world and she has been invited to speak in conferences internationally.[14]In 2014, Jackie Chan commissioned her to create a portrait of himself with 64,000 chopsticks for his 60th birthday, and video of the artwork has been watched 1.8million times on Youtube.[15] [16] In 2015, she was invited to present her work, 'Teh Tarik Man', made of 20,000 dyed teabags, during Malaysian Night at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.[17] She was named as the top 12 'Brilliant Malaysians' by Esquire Magazine[18] and one of the 19 Future Chasers by Australia Unlimited as future decision-makers of courage, imagination and will.[19]

Red has traveled to Cambodia to meet her sponsored child and to raise awareness of conditions there, in partnership with World Vision.[20]

References

  1. http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2012/04/23/zhang-yimou-sock-portrait-coffee-stained-jay-chou/
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/11/red-hong-yi-food-art-instagram_n_2852954.html
  3. http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/01/27/hong-yi-the-artist-who-paints-without-paintbrush/
  4. http://voice.unimelb.edu.au/volume-10/number-5/painting-town-red
  5. http://voice.unimelb.edu.au/volume-10/number-5/painting-town-red
  6. http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/meet/youtube-celebrity-artist-red-hong-yi-sees-the-big-picture/
  7. http://www.bizofinnovation.com.my/Speakers/RedHongYi.aspx
  8. http://emptylighthouse.com/content/red-hong-yi-and-edible-art
  9. http://gbtimes.com/life/red-hong-yi-artist-who-likes-paint-not-paintbrush
  10. http://www.feeldesain.com/red-zhang-yimou-portrait-made-of-socks-bamboo-sticks-and-pins.html
  11. http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/hong-yi-red-jay-chou-coffee-stain-portrait?context=tag-hong+yi
  12. http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/hong-yi-red-aung-san-suu-kyi-portrait?context=tag-hong+yi
  13. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/watch-a-portrait-of-adele-made-from-burning-candles/
  14. https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/hong-yi-red
  15. https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/jackie-chan-praises-star-artist-hong-yi
  16. http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/meet/youtube-celebrity-artist-red-hong-yi-sees-the-big-picture/
  17. http://hype.my/redhongyi-malaysian-artist-creates-amazing-masterpiece-out-of-20000-tea-bags/
  18. http://www.esquire.my/Entertainment/Arts/article/Red-Hong-Yi-and-our-Esquire-covers
  19. http://www.australiaunlimited.com/futurechasers/red-hong-yi
  20. http://youonlyliveonce.com.au/artist-world-vision-ambassador-red-hong-yi-proves-anythings-canvas/

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