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
Weiwei from sunflower seeds
Portrait of basketball player Yao Ming
Jay Chou’s portrait from coffee
Zhang Yimou director’s portrait from socks
Portrait of Mark Zuckerberg from books
Portrait of Adele from candles
Famous badminton player Lee Chong Wei
Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Lionel Messi
Burmese political activist, Aung San Suu Kyi
Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla