Zhuang Hong Yi is a contemporary Chinese artist who has impressed global audiences with his unique works of art. His work has been exhibited in China, the U.S. and throughout Europe. His works express beauty, sophistication and a high level of perfection with a clear presence of Chinese influence represented in his use of colors, themes, shapes and different materials that touch the heart.
Zhuang Hong Yi was born in 1962 in Sichuan, China and moved to The Netherlands in 1990 with his wife and artist, Lu Luo. He studied at the prestigious Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and became apprentice at the established Minerva Academy in Groningen. Soon after the artist received international recognition and invitations followed to present his works in museums and galleries all over the world. Currently, even after many years of residence in Europe, Zhuang still holds his studio in Beijing, China, where he returns a couple of times a year to work, collect new materials and get inspiration. Embracing his present without losing his past the artist finds a balance between controlled planning and emotional gestures, between the very familiar and the foreign, which adds a mysterious touch to his work overall.
Since moving to Western Europe Zhuang Hong Yi’s style has continuously developed. The work extends itself to different forms, shapes and patterns, but also to a variety of materials and sizes. The flower motif, as the flower image carries countless meanings and emotions in Chinese culture, is dominant in Zhuang Hong Yi’s work. His “flowerbeds” are made from delicate pieces of painted rice paper, bent and folded into hundreds of tiny buds. The artist also creates art objects in wood, porcelain and metal.