Zhuang Hong Yi b. 1962

Zhuang Hong Yi is a Chinese born artist living and working in the Netherlands. Zhuang’s dual cultural identity acts as the source of inspiration for his ongoing series Flowerbeds. A hybrid of Asian and European influences, the rice paper wall sculptures exist in many forms and shapes and are characterised by a theatrical and dynamic colour palette.


Zhuang’s practice involves the formation of fields of hand-folded rice paper 'flowers' which are mounted tightly onto canvas and sprayed from multiple angles with high-key acrylic colour. The result is a three-dimensional painting, the colours of which transition as one walks past. These works are the perfect amalgamation of Hong Yi's past and present. The flower is an important symbol of both Chinese and Dutch identity and the the materials bringing Chinese history into a contemporary context. 


Zhuang studied at the Sichuan College of Fine Arts in China and continued his education in Europe at the Minerva Academy in the Netherlands. His sculptural paintings have achieved international acclaim and his work has been featured in over a hundred solo exhibitions and group exhibitions worldwide.