Red Hong Yi

20 Jan 2015

Author: Jane Albert

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Red Hong Yi’s twitter profile reads: ‘Artist + shy rebel. Likes to paint, but not with a paintbrush.’ The Malaysian-born, Australian educated, artist-architect looks for beauty in the mundane. She has a strong following on YouTube; her Jackie Chan portrait made from 64,000 chopsticks is a particular favourite.
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‘12 Brilliant Malaysians’, Esquire Malaysia, 2013
‘40 Under 40 Designers’ Award, Perspective magazine, 2013

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Red Hong Yi’s twitter profile is quite revealing: ‘Artist + shy rebel. Likes to paint, but not with a paintbrush. Learning to live and love bigger than myself.’ The Malaysian-born artist-architect – whose name, Hong, sounds like ‘red’ in Mandarin – looks for beauty in the mundane, creating art out of everyday objects. Her work has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and ABC, and she has worked with clients including Nespresso and Mercedes-Benz. She has a strong following on YouTube, a particular favourite being a Jackie Chan portrait made from 64,000 chopsticks. Studying and working in Australia for eight years, Red graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Melbourne. Choosing Australia for its high standard of education and wanting to study at top universities closer to home, Red says her years in Australia have given her a desire to achieve excellence in her work tempered with an appreciation of a balanced life. Following her work with Australian architectural firm HASSELL in Shanghai, Red now runs her own design studio.

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