Red Hong Yi – Keynote Speaker

Asia’s Alternative Artist

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Specialist Subjects

  • Art and Culture
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Marketing


  • English


Red Hong Yi is a Chinese-Malaysian contemporary artist who makes work expressing her heritage and Chinese diaspora.

Known as “the artist who paints without a paintbrush”, she creates mixed media installations by reinterpreting everyday materials through the accumulation of objects. By combining traditional craftsmanship and digital technology, she creates work that considers perceptual habits and preconceptions on the chosen objects and subjects, expressing the themes of women and race.

Red Hong Yi studied at the University of Melbourne. Her work has been exhibited at H Queens in Hong Kong, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, World Economic Forum in Davos, and Anchorage Museum in Alaska. Collectors of her work include JP Morgan Chase Bank and actor Jackie Chan. Her art has been featured on publications including Wall Street Journal, TIME, and the New York Times.

Red was featured in JP Morgan Chase’s commercial campaign, “Gift for Baba”, in 2018 where she performed the leading and critical role of the artist. The commercial featured Red completing an artwork made of tea leaves and was aired throughout North America during some of the biggest sporting events of the year including Super Bowl LII, which was viewed by 103.4 million viewers, and the 2018 World Cup, which was seen by an average of 1.98 million viewers per game.

Red Hong Yi has spoken in conferences around the world, including the EG Conference in California, the ASEAN Young Entrepreneur’s Conference in Beijing, TEDx in Kuala Lumpur, and institutions such as Domus Academy in Italy, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai, and the MIT Media Lab in Boston. She has been offered art residencies at the 18th Street Art Centre in Los Angeles and the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai in 2020.

Sotheby’s Institute has named her one of the “11 art world entrepreneurs you should know”. Tatler Magazine has named her one of Asia’s most influential voices in 2020.

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