Ahoy is an Australian artist and illustrator from North Fitzroy, Melbourne and has been residing in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong since 2008. Her work is predominantly digital. She has an interest in street art and new technologies and has been exploring the use of augmented reality and animation with her artwork.
During his art foundation degree at Kingston is where Alex pushed his drawing styles further and developed his own style of one line drawings and this came through in his street art later. Alex pushed the drawing technique to the point where he created a style that generated different feelings and expressions in the faces of the characters. This technique is a one-line technique where you don’t take the pen off the paper and commit to completing all the lines needed to create a face or image. After finishing his foundation year with a photographic exhibition of the London underground confused as to what direction to follow he decided to take a break for a year and work in HK. During this time he realised that he wanted to study photography as a way of documenting his street art and other art in the future. After starting his BA in Fine Art and Photography Alex was highly inspired by his teacher Vince Wade who straight off the bat gave them a project simply called Ways Of Seeing that had a big impact on Alex’s work. In his final year is where he went full circle back to the graffiti and street art he always loved merging fine art photography and stencil street art together making a PHOTOGRAFF. After completing his degree in London Alex moved back to his home Hong Kong inspired and started putting some work up in the street. Living as a Artist Alex can work closely with companies to create design work and execute painting works needed for companies based of their ideas but always having his own spin on the subject or idea. Alex has a passion using spray paint and stencils to create his works with and has a eye for composition. Alex never used Instagram in the past but In recent years Alex’s painting for Goods Of Desire life style brand on Graham Street central Hong Kong has attracted tourists from all over the world and in recent months it has been coined The ‘Instagram Wall’ as its become Hong Kong's most photographed wall ! Over time Alex has continued to create street art and push his skills further and also has become a experienced interior decorator by trade doing Murals and Special Finishes .
Alicia T. van Thiel is an American painter and sculptor. Her drawings, paintings and sculptures capture everyday moments, portraits, and travels with classical skill working exclusively from life. Alicia earned a Master of Science in Education from The City College of New York, a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Hunter College, and an Associate of Applied Science in apparel design from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She studied academic figure drawing and painting at The Art Students League of New York, The Water Street Atelier and Masterworks participating in the Copyist Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alicia furthered her academic art studies in portrait sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Alicia currently works between her studio in Hong Kong and with foundries in Europe and in the U.S. to develop her sculpture. She exhibits internationally.
Amelia is a coastal person; born and raised in New Zealand; she has been brought up with the beauty of the sea . The sights and sounds, the colours of the ocean and the beach infuse her art. Now based in Hong Kong she creates handmade ceramics inspired by the places she visits and fluid mixed media paintings predominantly using resin. Scuba diving has become a passion while living in Asia, Amelia has found her element discovering the underwater world, bringing feelings of wonder back to the surface, and quite literally pouring them into her creations.
Bao is a Hong Kong born and based self-taught artist who mainly loves freestyle work with murals and illustrations. She started her career in 2015 and shortly afterwards collaborated with various international brands. Bao has travelled and worked on projects in all corners of the globe including Australia, Switzerland, UK, France, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Indonesia, Italy and Czech Republic.
Gianluca Crudele, often under the pseudonym of Barlo, is an Italian painter and designer based in Hong Kong working prevalently in the street. His compositions, often allegorical and melancholic, feature object and beings holding a mystical sense of remoteness, like a distant memory, mysterious and yet familiar. He currently works as Design Director at Superunion Hong Kong.
Born in France in 1974. Photographer and collage artist. I live and work in Hong Kong. I studied foreign languages (english and chinese, LVQ level 5) and new technologies. I worked 12 years in public relations (food & beverage marketing), including 4 years in China. In January 2009, I left the marketing world and settled as a full-time freelance photographer, and started to work on my first collage pieces. My son was born in November 2011. In early 2013 I created Kidlighbox®, a one-of-a-kind children workshop dedicated to photography and visual arts, which I ran in different places, public and private. I live in Hong Hong since 2015 where I run a weekly photography & visual arts workshop at Montessori primary school. Since 2016 I have fully integrated the three-dimensional photocollage technic into my artistic approach, which allows me to push the bounderies of photography and explore new fields such as time layers and the distortion of reality. My chinese name was given by my first mandarin teacher in secondery school in 1988.
Christopher’s inspirations are drawn from the cinema and the city. The influence of the films of Lynch, Kubrick and Tarkovsky are easily identifiable in his work. His quiet yet cinematic images look to explore the inner life of his subjects. Gently unraveling the confines which surround us all, exposing venerability in darkness and beauty. His first solo exhibition Some Dream (2016, Ethos Gallery, HK) combined photographs of people in moments of contemplation and introspection with details and accents of the city in which they live. This combination of inward thought and outward, abstract reflection has a haunting, dream like quality. Using predominantly analogue cameras and 35mm film, Christopher’s images glisten with colour and light. Christopher was also part of a group show at ‘HK:ID’ (Light Stage Gallery, HK) during Art Basel week. His work was shown alongside iconic Hong Kong street photographer Fan Ho and a number of international Artists. In 2017, he was commissioned by the British Council to take 5 photos to be presented for the Queens Birthday Celebrations at the Asia Society. In addition he sold 130 framed photographs to the Fleming Hotel in Wan Chai, to be displayed in their rooms. He is currently working towards a second solo exhibition Dying of the Light.
Daphné Mandel was born in 1975 in Lausanne, Switzerland to a French father and a Dutch mother and grew up in Paris. She credits her Dutch grandmother, a respected textile artist, with instilling in her a deep appreciation of art and painting. Daphné studied architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning in Versailles and graduated in 2000. She co-founded the Paris based landscape architecture and urban planning firm Gilot&Mandel Paysage. She and her partner were named "Best Young Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Professionals" by the French Ministry of Culture (2006). As a result, a number of public parks, city centres, cultural sites, and sports venues in France and abroad bear Daphne's touch. She found inspiration in her move to Hong Kong in 2008 to explore other means of creative and artistic expression. Daphné's artworks explore old Hong Kong’s architecture while introducing imaginary and whimsical elements as a way to exploit the incredible urban paradoxes of this city in constant metamorphosis. The evolution of her works is tied inexorably to the evolution of Daphné's perception of the city. In her first years in Hong Kong, as she was trying to comprehend the city around her, her works depicted Hong Kong’s facades as decor while catching glimpses of the goings on inside. Daphné’s work has morphed over the intervening years and she now seeks to represent, interpret and transform what she discovered. The works continue to evolve in a fantasized urbanscape, often disconnected from any sense of reality but incorporating poetry and illusion. Using architectural rendering techniques permits Daphné to give a sense of ultra-realism to her works which contrasts with the more artisanal modes of expression such as painting and crayon. She finds that the perfect aesthetic and good balance exists somewhere between the tremendous possibilities offered by contemporary digital tools and more tactile, artisanal and traditional techniques, both of which are essential to her work. This contrast is also a mirror of Hong Kong’s urban aesthetic: the luxurious and polished juxtaposed with the untidied and derelict.
Dilara Polat was born and raised in Turkey, Istanbul. She Joined Canlandiranlar Talent Camp at 2010 and made her first animated short, An Istanbul Seagull, which was screened at 15+ international animation festivals and won Anifest special Jury prize. She later worked on the animated documentary Invisible Walls, Tales of Insecurities as a storyboarding artist and illustrator. She moved to Hong Kong to study Sequential Arts at SCAD HK in 2015. She joined the 2018 Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong Design Competition and won first place with her team. Since then her works have been published at Hong Kong, China and Turkey. She is currently a Creative Designer at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Elaine Chiu depicts the urban lives and environments in Hong Kong through watercolour cityscapes. With the fluidic and transparent qualities of the medium, she captures the transience of the light and shadow in Hong Kong's unique street views. To her, painting is not only an exploration in the streets of the city but also a journey of self-searching. Through her art, Elaine hopes to record the street views, communities and cultures of a place she calls home. Elaine Chiu graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History in 2018. She has been participating in different art projects, such as exhibitions, mural painting, watercolour courses and outdoor sketching workshops.
Eleanor McColl is a multi-disciplinary artist, based in Hong Kong. She studied Fine Art at U.W.E Bristol, in England and came to Hong Kong in 1999 to pursue her career as an artist and art educator. McColl's work is rooted in place with a focus on the urban environment. Her work draws the eye to the often unnoticed details of the city, casting the "shadows on the wall" of the modern human condition: often solitary, hardworking and hardwearing. Through manipulation of focus, her work explores the delicate points of contact in the otherwise ceaseless blur of the everyday anonymous citizen. Drawn to the dramatic palate of dilapidation, refurbishment and renewal, her cityscapes explore the interface between Hong Kong's unique verticality and it's impact on its people. “I am interested in capturing those small but arresting details which catch my eye as walk through the city. It could be a flash of colour from a dangling piece of washing, or a mop resting against a rusty peeling door. I find the contrast of blurring and sharp focus fascinating, so I typically use soft-focus techniques which obscure the surrounding scene to reveal pockets of fine detail".
Born in La Marque, TX in 1972, American-Australian artist Eric Niebuhr has lived in Houston, London, Los Angeles and Sydney before moving to Hong Kong in October 2012. He held his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2015, and has shown internationally including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Jewish Museum in San Francisco. In addition to receiving reviews in numerous publications including Artforum magazine and The Los Angeles Times, he has had recent interviews in Artnews, The South China Morning Post, Reuters TV, and a RTHK Hong Kong Heritage radio program. My paintings are based on gouache and computer-aided studies of photo-based and digital sources. I use acrylic with a combination of mediums to create puddled areas of paint, amorphous passages, and flat shapes. I often have an emotive direction in mind, but hope to create an image that lends itself to indefinite readings. I am interested in the abstract formal qualities that the source and the paint material offers, as well as the psychic impression or suggestive visuals derived from the original source. The “Dragon Holes” paintings are formally and thematically inspired by a unique Hong Kong architectural feature, “dragon holes”; a Feng Shui design concept for a building to have a passage (hole), in order to allow a dragon to pass through freely. The colors and forms on the facades caused by the atmospheric effects at different intervals of the day offer the formal elements I use in constructing the painting. I became interested in exploring the idea of these building’s framing of space, especially in relation to the historically use of the void in painting and the concept of a portal, which could transport the viewer from one space into another. Chance and circumstance is something that continues to be a strong pull for discovering visual sources. My current developing series reference trolley pushcarts used for transporting goods and rubbish on the streets of Hong Kong. The improvised use of materials to bundle objects on the carts become the composition source for color, line, and shapes in the paintings. I first encountered a particularly striking trolley cart walking around the streets of Hong Kong. The arrangement of bungee cords, ribbon, fabric and rope on the cart created an uncanny moment that stopped me in my tracks. After that unexpected encounter, I began purposefully looking at the backs of trolley carts as accidental abstract and expressive compositions, making an effort to find ones that seem to have their own individual expressions.
Ernest Chang is a Hong Kong-based millennial multi-disciplinary visual artist with red-green color-blindness. Because of his color-blindness, Chang sees the vibrant metropolis of Hong Kong from a unique perspective, one which imbues his creative practice with a heavy use of cutting-edge visual media, futuristic compositional elements, as well as heightened color contrasts and contours. Chang’s works investigate the under-examined tensions in contemporary urban society, in which technology is becoming ever more personal and interpersonal.
Esther Poon worked as a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 14 years, before building on some 30 years experience in knitting and crochet to become Hong Kong's first "Yarn Bomber". Yarn bombing involves wrapping trees, balustrades, handrails, fire hydrants, phone booths or other city fixtures and fittings in a bright and joyfully knitted or crocheted jacket to enliven otherwise hard and drab urban streets. Her works may now often be found all over Hong Kong, bringing colour and joy to the vibrant city and citizens of Hong Kong.
Francesco Lietti has been living in Hong Kong since early 2006 and his love of this vibrant, eclectic city is immediately apparent in his works, which derives from the mnemonic imagery of the artist, who lives in symbiosis with the themes of travel and discovery. When first visiting Hong Kong in the summer of 2005, the painter experienced an overwhelming sensation: fascinated by the variety of colours, the rich smells and the plethora of images, he was drawn to return and stay. This exciting metropolis is something you cannot just put into a frame: something would spill out, something would be missing; one can catch the details, but he or she would never be able to capture the entire picture. The artist portrays this through simple and direct forms: he paints naïve visions that often have a humorous quality, describing the city in an almost caricatured magnificence. Through the use of striking colours the painter captures the essence of Hong Kong’s famous harbour skyline and makes it his own. His paintings hover between reality and fantasy; using strong blocks of paint to represent the buildings, Lietti also includes smaller patches of textured colour, which dance across the cityscape, giving it that dream-like, ephemeral quality. The artist works in acrylic and oils on canvas and also adds collage to give his paintings texture and depth. He then finishes his pieces with a thick, glossy resin, further enhancing the brightness of the colours. Lietti also captures the colours and delights of other Asian destinations. The lush greens of Vietnam and Bali, the golden sunsets of Rajasthan, the deep blue seascapes of the Philippines; these are just some of the many places he has visited and experienced. The artist gives us rare glimpses, merging reality with a far away magical world. Francesco was born in Lecco, on the southern shore of Lake Como in Italy. He studied architecture in Milan and furthered his studies in Paris at the École des Beaux Arts, La Seine and also at the Clerkenwell College of Printing in London. His works are featured in private collections worldwide.
Go Hung a local sculpture artist uses his art to highlight the various social issues that plagues Hong Kong and the world as whole. Using cardboard and other materials collected from the streets, his finished pieces are ‘littered’ back onto the streets for public viewing; his practice being a metaphor for the wasteful consumerist culture we currently reside in.
Originally from Toulouse, France and now living and working in Hong Kong as a full-time photographer, I split my time between commissioned work and personal projects. My commissioned works span architecture and interiors to portraits, as well as other commercial assignments; I enjoy collaborating across industries, subjects and moods to make your vision come alive, so please reach out for more details. Photography has been a sometimes dizzying journey of exploration as I sought to find my true ‘voice’ as an artist, and has included much experimentation in terms of method, style and subject. As I first started playing with digital cameras, my initial artistic approach leant towards experimentation and manipulation; it took several years to really sit myself down and begin to understand the purpose of taking pictures—years in which I did not take almost any personal photos as they weren’t able to satiate my new sense of passion and purpose. Once I began film photography, I understood the approach that my work needed, namely ‘Taking the time.’ This concept sounds simple, but I quite literally needed to ‘take the time’ during those experimental years to consider what really matters to me. My photography is not about recognition, it’s about self-therapy: does taking this picture make me happy? How much energy, how much of myself, am I willing to put into the project? I today consider this part of my everyday life, whether I’m documenting the cityscapes that surround me, scenes of daily life in the streets of Hong Kong, or something altogether more abstract yet visually pleasing. More that just following a trend, film photography has helped me understand that the moment is more important than the picture itself. Life is to be lived and to be enjoyed, and if we are lucky, we are able to freeze small glimpses of its experiences within a frame.
Born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada, Harvey has been leading a successful career as an illustrator for many years in Toronto. Harvey has received numerous awards through his career nationally and internationally. He is known for his diversified portfolio of work with a good balance between traditional and contemporary. He has created 2 series of Chinese Zodiac design and worked on individual projects for the Royal Canadian Mint and most recently, the Year of the Rat stamp design for Canada Post. Besides illustrating and teaching, Harvey also keeps himself busy with personal work and creating gallery work. The recent series of charcoal and oil imaginary portraits has been getting some attention in Hong Kong as well as internationally. Harvey taught drawing, painting and illustration at Ontario College of Art and Design University, and Sheridan College. Harvey has also taught figure sculpture and drawing at The Toronto School of Art. Harvey has moved back to Hong Kong in Dec 2011 and has been developing an career mainly as artist and educator.
Jo Farrell is an award-winning black and white photographer and cultural anthropologist. Born in London, England she has been based in Hong Kong for the past 12 years. Her photography work focuses on traditions and cultures that are dying out, including the project “Living History: Bound Feet Women of China.” Jo uses black and white film and shoots on Hassleblad. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work on bound feet including a Jacob Riis Award, Black & White Spider Award, Center for Fine Art Photography and Women In Photography International winner juried by Mary Ellen Mark. She has had solo exhibitions in London, San Francisco and Hong Kong and has been included in group shows in New York, LA and Denver, Colorado. Her project has received critical acclaim and has been published internationally including The Smithsonian magazine, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, Stern magazine, Time Out, Fast Co., International Business Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. She has spoken at TEDxWanchai and TEDxWarwick and an “in- conversation” events hosted by The Women’s Foundation HK (May 2015) and at Asia House in London (15 June 2015). Jo has done live television interviews on RTHK ((The Works), CNN and the BBC News (Insight) and has been a guest speaker on Monocole radio and RTHK3. In 2017 she held two lectures at Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford (UK) and Barts Pathology Museum, London (UK).
Based in Hong Kong, Taiwanese-American born Jonathan Jay Lee graduated with Departmental Honors in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. He is an award-winning illustrator who's clients have included Marvel Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, San Miguel, Lamborghini, Lee Kum Kee, Ho Lee Fook, Urban Decay and HSBC. He also teaches courses as a Professor of Illustration and Sequential Art at Savannah College of Art and Design at the Hong Kong campus.
KC Graduated from the University of Arkansas with Bachelor of Fine Arts. The owner of Studio 943, KC has been an artist and art instructor for many years who has taught a diverse group of students in various institutions across Hong Kong. He also works as an art technician in the front lines of the art industry, dealing with the installation and preparation of art exhibitions and performances which has included work presented at Art Basel as well as several international and local art fairs and exhibitions. Most importantly, he is a local artist with strong technical academic background in the visual arts and a friendly low-key personality. His most current work includes an array of plein-air paintings that captures the spirit and melancholy of the landscapes in Hong Kong. KC is also a figurative portrait painter who often works with his models to push forward the contemporary genre of portrait painting.
Katrina Teh is a multidisciplinary artist from Manila who is currently pursuing a career in Theme Entertainment as a Creative Designer in Hong Kong. Her personal work is a collage of traditional drawing, painting, photography, found graphic ephemera, and digital manipulation. Her art explores her journey in place making and the pursuit of personal meaning. Her work and experience has been featured in several publications including Young Post (SCMP), The Peak Magazine, The South China Morning Post, The Philippine Star, and the Hong Kong Economic Journal.
Kyra Campbell is a British born photographer who moved to Hong Kong after earning her degrees in London. Studying at both Camberwell College of Arts and University of Westminster she holds a Foundation degree and a Bachelor of Arts. Her primary work to date is mainly focused on events, working for companies such as HKWALLS, Secret Walls HK and Your Mum presents. Within this her speciality is gig photography. However her final goal is to work as a photojournalist. Her personal work is for the most part shot on 35mm film. Enjoying working in a darkroom where possible. Her current projects are shot as in-camera double exposure. Along with working in film she photographs everyday life of different cultures. Her favourite project was photographing the HK protests.
Born in Hong Kong. Painting has been Leung Yun Charm's keen interest since he was young. Through perseverance, he was fortunate to be selected as a finalist in the Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition, Western medium section, in 1979, and subsequently the Young Art in Asia Now Competition held in the Hong Kong Arts Center in 1980. With a career as a photojournalist spanning 18 years, Leung Yun Charm resumed painting after his early retirement in 2007. He received the People's Choice Award as well as a Merchandise Award granted by M. Graham & Co. in the 33rd Juried Exhibition organized by the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society in 2012. He received a Merchandise Award granted by Curry's Da Vinci Paint Co. in the 88th Juried Exhibition Open Water 2013 organized by the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. In 2015, his work "Take a break" was one of the 50 works juried into the exhibition Figurativas' 15, a contest in which 2,459 artists participated from around the world. He also won the Best Overall Watercolor award in the 2015/2016 bimonthly PleinAir Salon competition. He always loves to paint things that surround him, about the everyday lives of common people. They might be the familiar and ordinary things in life, but he attempts to capture their serenity and peace, and to explore the wonders of light and the beauty of our world. To date his works have been exhibited in the US, Canada, Beijing, Germany, Spain, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Born in Singapore with a professional background in interior architecture design, Lisa is a self-taught artist in oil, watercolor painting and print-making. Honing experience from 20 years of design work, she applies her deft sense of perspective drawings, sensitivity to textures and juxtaposition of colors coupled with an unorthodox, undeterred approach to her paintings. Painted mainly outdoors, these works suggest the broad field of vision, energy, movement and life one experiences only when outdoors. Since relocating to Hong Kong, she has been obsessed with recording this city that is bursting with contrast at almost every turn - grit and glam, chaos and calm, spending every available weekend sketching and painting plein-air. Lisa held her 1st solo-exhibition in May 2016 and participated other group exhibitions such as Affordable Art Fair and Young Art Taipei, her works have been collected in Asia and Europe.
Hong Kong born artist Marc Allante exhibited a passion for the visual arts from an early age. Having lived in Hong Kong, Sydney and London, his work is inspired in both form and style by these western and eastern influences. Merging traditional Chinese inks with European painting techniques in a contemporary style reflects the fusion of his Chinese-French ancestry and brings it into a modern context. Self taught, Marc utilizes a variety of techniques, subject matter and themes to expand the repertoire of his artworks.
Martin Lever has lived and worked in Hong Kong on and off for 40 years. One of the biggest inspirations in his life is this unique city he calls home – a place he celebrates in his art and design. His artwork has been exhibited in a number of solo shows in Hong Kong, the UK and the Middle East. His work adorns the walls of private collectors, as well as corporate lobbies including Estee Lauder, the McKinsey Corporation, Patton Boggs Law and the Wharf Group. His approach to painting is refreshingly simple: he closes his eyes, and paints what he sees. Using striking contrasts of colour and lighthearted observational touches, he creates powerful impressionist images that celebrate the world around us through a new lens. His creative work has been recognised around the world with countless international advertising and design industry awards. And his acclaimed series of children’s books – The BogeyBugz – is helping fuel young imaginations.
Jane Lee, aka Messy Desk, winner of international awards including - 1st-Runner up JIA Illustration Award Japan Illustrator’s Association 2016, The Best Illustration (Advertising) 4th Greater China Illustration Award 2016, Concours Jeunes Talents at Angouleme International Comic Festival France 2012...etc. Jane’s drawing is full of joyful characters, animals, happy faces inter-waving between buildings, rainbow and even outer space, her art is carefully crafted stroke after stroke, the result is high density landscape with an explosion of colour, frantic as it might seem at first glance, while on close inspection each piece of her art is full of emotional stories, like charming little treasures hidden in plain sight, awaiting to be discovered. Jane was invited by Na Edition to attend the second biggest comics Festival, and received an award as an up-and-coming comic artist. Her art works have been exhibited in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Poland, United State, and United Kingdom.
Michael Kistler is a Hong Kong artist specializing in fine art street photography. Originally from Minneapolis, he started shooting on a compact Ricoh during his first trip to Europe at age 18. After many years of travel that included stints in Germany, Istanbul and Northern California, he settled in Tokyo, spending more than 10 years there before moving with his family to Hong Kong in 2014. His time in Tokyo was instrumental to the development of his photographic style as he experimented with blur, movement and other abstract elements while drawing inspiration from street masters like Daido Moriyama and Saul Leiter. A signature hallmark of his work is the often abstract human element and its connection to the city; the urban landscape and its structures provide permanence while people come and go, creating a dynamic environment of fleeting moments. He is constantly searching for and exploring unconventional perspectives and unique moments where people and the urban landscape collide, merge and co-exist. In addition to having his work exhibited in Tokyo, NYC, Astoria, Minneapolis, London, Dublin, Porto and Hong Kong, Michael offers photography workshops and mentoring in Hong Kong; he has also conducted workshops in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, Minneapolis, Dublin, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. His work has been featured by Artaaps, Marie Claire, Felosophie, Sassy HK, The Honeycombers, The Global Fund for Children, Isthumus Journal, HK Tatler, Volcom, Vans HK, Cathay Pacific, Vogue Italy, Localiiz HK, Mobiography Magazine, Street Dreams Mag, Drkrms, HK Magazine, Zolima CityMag, Style-tips.com, The Wanderlister, China Daily and the South China Morning Post. Michael works with both the Mandarin Oriental and Quintessentially HK to provide bespoke urban photo experiences for their exclusive clientele. He has also donated select art pieces and workshops in support of Changing Young Lives Foundation, Teen's Key, Mother's Choice and AAJA Asia.
Michelle Kuen Suet Fung is a visual artist and art educator whose ambitious ongoing oeuvre revolves around a grand narrative of a dystopian world set in the year 2084. With bold and unfettered imagination, subtle humour, and delicate pathos, she weaves acute observations of the early twenty-first century into an absurd, fantastical landscape populated with plastic-eating humans, flying elephants, and islands floating in the sky, and frequently alludes to literary influences such as Orwell and Swift. Her works present a fictional geopolitical map of a bizarre future, one impacted by changes in the Anthropocene. Fung’s works span a broad range of media including text, books, drawing, painting, printmaking, installation, performances and short films, each chosen carefully for its inherent historical and experiential implications. Her newest exhibition, Polluta, Floating Artist Colony in the Sky (2019) at Firstdraft, Sydney, Australia was the first by a Hong Kong artist at the oldest artist-run gallery in the country. Her recent exhibition Polluta, Floating Artist Colony in the Sky (2018) at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, California, USA, was the non-profit gallery’s first show by a Hong Kong artist and one of the most successful in its forty-year history. Her award-winning book Tin Hung Gaau Jy 天空膠雨 (Joint Publishing, 2017) tells a cautionary dystopian tale of a future where a frenzy of plastic consumption (i.e., lifesaver donuts, telephone hotdogs) has led humans past the point of no return. Her work Plastic, plastic, every where! received the Grotto Award, Hong Kong Baptist University (2015) and Award of Excellence, Fourth Greater China Illustration Awards (2016). Her exhibition I Don’t Know if You Know How Much I Love You (2012) was the inaugural solo show at Hi Art, a gallery owned by Beijing art tycoon Wu Jing. She has participated in prestigious artist residencies including Banff Centre, Canada; Island Institute, Alaska; and Art Omi, New York (recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship).
Ophelia works across a wide array of mediums, including photography, painting, drawing, embroidery and sculpture. Her work is intensely personal, revealing intimate details of her soul and thoughts. Her delicate techniques embody her ideas. Her sensitive approach acts upon traditional convention often governing the representation and vision of the body. The human body stands as a perfect subject with regards to her background both from fashion and fine arts.After a long study on the body as an envelope, she turned her focus to the intangible, such as mental madness, or the fetal memories.
Natalie Wong, aka Paper Sneaker, is a UK mixed-media artist based in Hong Kong. Wong’s main creative practice is divided between commercial projects and her own fine art. Her previous commercial collaborations include NIKE, Victoria’s Secret, KFC and Monster Energy Drink. Her work has appeared in several publications including HYPEBEAST, Highsnobiety, Esquire, GQ and Marie Claire. Wong has exhibited internationally in major cities including Hong Kong, London and Johannesburg. Wong is known for her project "100 Paper Sneakers" that went viral in 2016. Her artwork features in the 2019 hulu documentary "Unbanned: the legend of AJ1" which stars global icons including Spike Lee, Tinker Hatfield and Michael Jordan.
Pete Ross was born in Hong Kong in 1985 and grew up in one of the densest and most rapidly developing cities in the world. Captivated by the constant evolving city, Pete was drawn towards architecture and its relation with people during a time of change and political uncertainty as the territory struggled to find its identity and forge its future. Pete is now a RIBA architect in Hong Kong with a keen interest in socio-urban interactions. His art focuses on his thoughts and observations on his home town Hong Kong and the seeming juxtaposition of the masterplan city and the unpredictable nature of people. His style uses traditional, detailed drawing techniques in contrast to urban stencil work. He brings to the forefront cultural mixes, diversity, memory and contradictions of city life, drawing from his own inspirations of Chinese and Western art. His work often references old ways of life, traditions and cultures against the fast paced perceptions of modern life and poses questions to the viewer of our own sense of belonging and identity within an ever-changing urban landscape. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in Hong Kong.
Peter Yuill was born in 1984 in Ottawa, Canada. He Graduated from Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada with a BAA in Illustration in 2009. Currently, he lives and works in Hong Kong, SAR. Peter works in deeply complex geometric abstraction. His work is an exploration of the philosophical and existential desire to understand the meaning of existence through mathematical and geometric purity. His work is a combination of highly technical and complex ink drawing and painting on paper. His obsession with doing all the work by hand and being deeply involved in every aspect of making the art speak to the deep meditative and spiritual connection Peter has with the process of making each piece. Peter has exhibited around North America and Hong Kong. Recent exhibitions include Fading Glory at The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong; Hidden Streets at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong SOHO; as well as the massive group exhibition The 14th Factory is Los Angeles, California, in 2017.
Born in Hong Kong, Rainbow Tse is a local artist who specializes in watercolors and oil, painting cityscapes and landscapes. She believes that many places and feelings are worthy of a story to tell, her artworks based on this concept, are developed into a unique style known for presenting lights, shadows, and colours. Expressing certain moods and atmospheres, she hopes to bring these stories to life and for the audience to experience the scene and evoke memories of their own to relate.
Riya was born and raised in Hong Kong. Her work reflects the myriad cultural influences and experiences that have shaped her identity; and the way she perceives the world – a paradox of simultaneous connection and individualistic isolation. Riya’s art is east meets west, traditional meets modern, and spiritual meets material. She combines visual representations of traditional Eastern (primarily Indian and Chinese) cultures with styles and symbols of modern Western cultures to comment on the state and psychology of our society, and our obsession with the self, power, and material consumption. We try to find happiness, beauty and peace externally, forgetting that this is our true nature. The state of bliss we are constantly searching for exists within us the whole time, and connects all of us, if we just allow ourselves to see it. Through a graphic and often very intricately detailed presentation, Riya aims to break down social constructions of difference and divisions by portraying juxtapositions, as a metaphor for the barriers that we create as a society; and tries to engage viewers to reflect on their impermanent identities in contemporary society and remind them of their true place in the greater universe as pure and eternal beings. There are often hidden messages – shapes, images, text – within her work, so that the viewing experience is interactive and thought-provoking.
Roberta Boffo (b. 1986) is an Italian artist, based in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. She has been an art lover and a passionate creator from an early age when designing for her mom’s knitting business, in Oderzo, a small town in the province of Treviso, Italy. Later on she moved to undertake studies in Chinese and Asian languages and cultures at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, which brought her to Beijing, China. Here, she studied business and marketing at Capital Normal University of Beijing and started her career in the education field as a language and art educator and later as education director at an international school. Working with enthusiastic peers and children Roberta was able to further discover her talents and apply her skills to design highly artistic and creative learning environments for children, whilst exploring and developing her techniques and style. With an extensive experience in early childhood education and a strong art background, Roberta now resides in Hong Kong, where she continues to produce her works, whilst collaborating with art institutions and various organizations and the local community to spread the joy of art. As an artist, Roberta takes you into the journey of abstracts and intuitive art. Strongly driven by emotions, Roberta’s art comes alive in monochromatic, lengthy and detailed works that develop from her love for Kandinsky and her passion for Chinese ink and calligraphy. Roberta explains her monochromatic ink work reflects her peaceful, calm and content state of being, highlighting its therapeutic and meditative power. In her process of creation, Roberta feels as if she becomes a vessel bringing a projection of her mind and all its secrets to life. Since an early age, Roberta was drawn to the colour black and now after many years, she realizes that her crave for a balance between black and white is the driving force in her desire to instil balance in her life.
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze was born in Paris in 1987. He graduated with a Masters in Creative Media at the East Paris University. He moved to Hong Kong in 2009 and since 2010 he has been pointing his camera on Hong Kong to document the different aspects of his new home city. Stunned by the architectural race to the sky and the three dimensional character of Hong Kong, he published his first book with Asia One: ‘Vertical Horizon’ (p. 2012). The work was a hit a on social media and soon after spread like wild fire over the internet world wide and received attention from heavy weight local and international press. Motivated by the international bravo he continued to make new projects exploring Hong Kong’s unique landscape. Wild Concrete (p. 2014) depicts nature’s resilience in an urban environment. The Blue Moment (p. 2016) is a body of work exploring duality of Hong Kong’s nature and urbanity during this magic hour at dusk. While Concrete Stories (p. 2018) collects a variety of human activities found on Hong Kong’s rooftops. Romain is still focusing on evolving his photography in Hong Kong where he resides and finds inspiration.
A Philadelphia native who spent several years in New England and later Abu Dhabi before arriving in Hong Kong in early 2017, Sam Faix began exhibiting his work in 1999. Incorporating his past and present surroundings and travels, Sam is constantly looking for visual ways to resolve movement and stillness between places and objects. His dual bodies of work are comprised of ink drawings made from observation on-site, and more abstract paintings and mixed-media pieces. These abstract pieces are infused with memories of the past, often overlaid with various types of grids to form a sort of diagrammed place and time.