- Caroline Kurze
Hong Yi is widely recognized as the artist who ‘loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush’. She is ‘painting’ portraits of iconic Chinese figures, using local everyday materials like a basketball, seeds, candles or even socks as her medium. Her grandparents left Shanghai in the ’60s and after she returned to the Middle Kingdom two generations later she was blown away by the city. This experience inspired her to start her project, picturing local icons such as Ai Weiwei, Yao Ming or Jay Chou.
All images © Hong Yi