Surreal Artworks By Hong Yi is an amazing collection of truly interesting random artworks that we dont think you have seen in the past. Hong Yi grew up in Sabah on the beautiful tropical island of Borneo. She dreamt of becoming a cartoon animator and Lion King is still her favourite cartoon. One of her best friends gave her the nickname ‘Red’, because her surname sounds like the word ‘red’ in Chinese.Red’s paintings of Yao Ming, painted with a basketball for a brush, and Jay Chou using coffee and a cup, were Youtube hits, giving her 15 seconds of fame on CNN, ABC, the Daily Mail, Gizmodo and other media around the world. Her previous work includes portraits of Ai Weiwei using 100,000 sunflower seeds and Justin Bieber using gochujang (Korean chilli paste). Red is currently experimenting with unconventional materials and exploring structural design principles for her next projects.
Red holds two degrees from the University of Melbourne (Architecture; and Planning and Design). She was awarded a Melbourne Abroad Scholarship to study at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, which broadened her perspective and exposure in the field of European architecture.She is currently working in the Shanghai offices of HASSELL, an established Australian architecture firm. She absolutely enjoys being an architect by day and an artist by twilight.
Surreal Artwork: Sunflower Seeds Portrait
A tribute to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei by creating a portrait with 7kgs/100,000 sunflower seeds. Inspired by Weiwei’s ‘Sunflower Seeds’ installation in the Tate Modern Gallery of London.
Surreal Artworks: Jay Chou Coffee Stain Portrait
The project’s inspired by the opening line in Jay Chou’s song, ‘Secret, Inspired by the opening sentence, about lifting up a coffee cup off the saucer, and the ending of the song about fragmented pieces,this is shown through the portrait as a whole – how it’s formed by many individual rings, many of them broken and imperfect.The song is about traveling 20 years back in time and is reflected through how the portrait looks like sepia-toned photo. Autumn is shown through the brown colours of the portrait, giving it an old, rustic feel.The portrait was done using coffee cup stains. Quite a tricky medium to use – too much water and the rings wouldn’t form easily, very little water and you’d have to be precise with where you place the cup coz the rings would pretty much be permanent.
Surreal Artworks: Yao Ming Portrait
Part of my project on painting famous Chinese people with tools that made them famous. I wanted to do one of a Chinese athlete – and Yao Ming came to mind immediately. And we all know what he was famous for!
Surreal Artwork: Zhang Yimou Alleyway Project