Zhuang Hong Yi
Zhuang Hong Yi is one of China’s most influential artists with a broad international following across Europe and Asia. His floral motifs are included in various private and museum collections including the Museum of Sichuan Fine Art in China and the Groninger and Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer in the Netherlands.
Hailing from China, Hong Yi’s repetitive use of floral patterns reflects his environmental concerns, highlighting the rampant urbanisation of his motherland, the ferocious plundering of natural resources, and the depopulation of rural communities.
Hong Yi moved to the Netherlands in the 1990s, and a thematic thread in his work that links both cultures is a love of flowers. The Netherlands’ floral fascination is epitomised by the notorious tulip mania of the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Conversely in China, flowers are culturally symbolic, representing growth, fulfilment, and prosperity, as well as manifesting good chi. Recurrent in Hong Yi’s work are the lucky Chrysanthemum and Lotus flowers, signifiers of metaphysical purity and strength.
The artist works in two dominant yet distinct mediums: his Flowerbed series is produced through painstakingly folded origami rice-paper flowers covered in colour-shifting layers of acrylic and oil paint; the other is a more traditional painting technique using acrylic in heavily sculpted and gestural impasto with unfolded rice-paper flowers.
Zhuang Hong Yi’s work can be found in public and private collections internationally, including New York, Abu Dhabi, Morocco, Denmark, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Singapore and Beirut.