Hong Yi, aka Red, is a young architect who has a passion for art. She gained her 10 seconds of fame with a few of her portraits, all executed in untraditional ways and with untraditional, natural media.
Using a basketball as a paintbrush, Red created a stunning image of Yao Ming. The texture and line create movement and a sense of simplicity. The negative space adds a nice balance to the image. The portrait really takes Yao Ming and his profession into consideration, his basketball has created him, painted an image of him and given him an identity.
Red also did a beautiful portrait of singer Jay Chou out of coffee spills and rings. The coffee adds a nice monochromatic touch to the image, generating form. The organic circles also create a movement and flow through the piece, some not fully closed and varying thickness.
As a tribute to Chinese film director Yimou Zhang, Red created sock portrait. By using three colors, white, gray, and black, Red has recreated the film director.
Her portrait work is unique and natural. She proves to many that you can create art with very little. The coffee you drink every morning can become your paint. The socks in your drawer have form and color that can be transformed into a composition.