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Artist Hong Yi with her portrait works from everyday materials

by using everyday materials such as socks, chopsticks, books, seeds … Hong Yi created portraits of many famous people.

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’.

After graduating from college and have completed a master’s program of the University of Melbourne in 2010, Hong Yi moved to Shanghai to pursue her architecture career. However, after a period of working for an architectural firm, she finally found her passion for art and decided to switch to full-time artist from 2013. The style that Hong Yi has chosen for her artwork is quite special, by using everyday materials such as socks, chopsticks, books, seeds … she created portraits of many famous people.

Portrait of Jackie Chan from chopsticks

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artist hong yi jackychan

artist hong yi jackychan

Weiwei from sunflower seeds

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artist hong yi weiwei

Portrait of basketball player Yao Ming

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artist hong yi yaoming

Jay Chou’s portrait from coffee

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Zhang Yimou director’s portrait from socks

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artist hong yi

artist hong yi

Portrait of Mark Zuckerberg from books

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artist hong yi mark

Portrait of Adele from candles

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artist hong yi adele

artist hong yi adele

Famous badminton player Lee Chong Wei

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Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Lionel Messi

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Burmese political activist, Aung San Suu Kyi

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Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla

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