Hung Yi, a contemporary artist who believes that art stems from everyday life, records and makes his life experiences in Taiwan into works of art. In the past decade, Hung has brought his installation art across Taiwan and to other countries in the hope of bringing joy into people's lives with his colorful sculptures.
After graduating with a degree in Art and Design from Ming-Dao High School, Hung's passion in art has kept him recording life by drawing, which later became the source of his inspiration. Most of Hung's installation art are whimsical sculptures that carry cultural elements from Taiwan. Hung once expressed that, his use of bright colors is stimulated by what he sees and experiences in his surroundings.
Since 2002, Hung has brought color and life to global venues with the vitality of Taiwan. In the past years, he has held solo exhibitions in Taiwan and overseas, such as the large-scale sculpture exhibitions of "Animal Party,” "Hung Yi Fancy Animal Carnival,” and "Present and Past Experience,” which were installed respectively in Japan's Hakone Open-Air Museum, San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, and the International Sculpture Biennale Racconigi of Italy.
In addition, Hung's paintings of playful figures were showcased in "East Meets West: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Asia” in 2012, along with 11 other Asian artists to introduce Asian culture in New York. Hung's paintings, which employ traditional motifs, allow visitors to view the world from his perspective.
Colorful steel sculptures such as the Formosa sika deer, Formosan black bears, frogs, dragons, and water buffaloes are among those inspired by Taiwanese folk culture. Many of Hung's works are installed as public art at airports and schools in Taiwan, and some are collected by museums such as his series on the twelve Chinese zodiac animals.
Hung once said: "'I am going to make a Gate of Happiness!” after seeing Auguste Rodin's "Gate of Hell” at the entrance plaza of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. Hung believes that Taiwan's rich culture can provide lots of source materials to create art, and that art should be able to interact with people and the environment. Indeed, Hung has followed his ideas to transform all aspects of life into artworks, spreading happiness across the world.