Hong Yi, often goes by the nickname Red, is Malaysian artist-architect. Hong was born and raised in Malaysia, then studied in Australia, and studied a bit more in Holland. After graduating as a Master of Architecture, she took up an offer to work in Shanghai but secretly planned to stay for just a year. When she got there, she was blown away by the city and found herself drawn irresistibly to the country.
During the ’60s, at the start of the Cultural Revolution, Yi’s grandparents left Shanghai. Their departure from the culture and history rich city inspired her to learn more about her roots. While learning about Chinese history, Hong was begin painting portraits of iconic Chinese figures using everyday materials as her medium. In January 2012, she took a video of herself painting a portrait of Yao Ming with a basketball. After uploading the video on Youtube, it received enough traction to gain the interest of publications like Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC and the Daily Mail.
She claims life has been incredible since she gained hefty exposure. Currently Hong lives in Shanghai and works for HASSELL, an established Australian architecture firm. She is known as the artist who ‘loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush’. Yi absolutely enjoys being an architect by day and an artist by night. Today we would like to share some of her creative food compositions. Enjoy!