Art, 40 under 40, 2012

Cornelia Erdmann , Art, 40 under 40 2012
Cornelia Erdmann

Born in Germany, Cornelia Erdmann has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 2006. With an MA in architecture and an MFA in public art and new artistic strategies from Bauhaus-University Weimar, she specialises in public art and multimedia installations. Incorporating site-specific themes, Erdmann combines light with different materials and technologies to create playful and interactive installations. In 2011, she completed The People, a light wall sculpture in the main lobby of the new Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. She also participated in the recent Vivid Light Festival 2011 in Sydney. Erdmann's work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions such as Gallery Threewalls in Chicago, Fondazione Bevilacqua in Venice, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota and in the KunstFilm Biennale at the Art Cologne.
Gavin Au , Art, 40 under 40 2012
Gavin Au

A graduate of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Gavin Au Ka Yiu was the gold winner at the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers Photo Awards 07. His work has been entered in the Philippe Charriol Foundation Art Competition 2006 and Serbin International Photography Contest 2006. Au was named artist-in-residency by the Hong Kong Open Printshop and received an honourable mention in International Photography Awards in 2010. His work has been displayed at local and international exhibitions and events, including Hong Kong International Art Fair 2011 and Fine Art Asia 2011.
Riusuke Fukahori , Art, 40 under 40 2012
Riusuke Fukahori

Five years after graduating from Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music, Riusuke Fukahori became anxious about achieving his dream of becoming an artist. Taking inspiration from his pet goldfish one day, he began a unique style of painting using acrylic on clear resin poured into containers. The result is a three-dimensional illusion of 『living sculptures'. Fukahori's brush strokes also express the vitality and delicacy of goldfish. 「Back then, I didn't know why I was so attracted to goldfish but I felt as if I had found a ray of light in the darkness of my mind,」 says Fukahori. 「I call that day's event 『Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish Salvation)』 and I value the memory.」
Simon Ma , Art, 40 under 40 2012
Simon Ma
Ma Design Group

Hong Kong-born, cross-border artist Simon Ma began learning traditional Chinese painting at the age of seven. A graduate of the University College of London, Ma later moved to Shanghai, where he founded Ma Design Group. He has worked with international brands such as Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Remy Martin and Ducati. At the Shanghai Expo 2010, his 『Two Headed Tiger' gained considerable attention and was selected to be exhibited at the Taiwan Kaohsiung Municipal Museum after the expo. In 2012, in recognition of his achievements in art and commitment to charity and education, Ma was appointed as a Hong Kong representative at the CPPCC Hangzhou Committee. Recently, he has also been rewarded as the Italian Lifestyle Ambassador in China by Italy Government. Ma established the Simon Ma Creative and Trend Studio at the Shanghai Theatre Academy to teach the essence of art, creative thinking and to build a cross-boundary platform to enhance communication of arts among social sectors.
Thi Nguyen , Art, 40 under 40 2012
Thi Nguyen

Vietnamese Thi Nguyen is an independent documentary filmmaker and video artist. Trained in photography, ethnographic film and media methods, she has produced documentary and experimental films shown at film festivals in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, USA and across Europe. Recent screenings and art exhibitions of her work include Art in the Auditorium at Seescape Gallery in Chiang Mai and Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Summer Exhibition at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen and Unsubtitled, screened at Corpo Plumhill Playhouse, Tokyo, and at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in Korea.
Tingting Cheng , Art, 40 under 40 2012
Tingting Cheng

Taiwan-born Tingting Cheng graduated from University of Westminster, London, in 2009. Working between London and Taipei, she uses photography, text and sound to explore various aspects of everyday objects and encounters. Her projects deliver a satirical portrayal of everyday triviality, transforming the object or its context to uncover hidden connotations. Cheng has staged solo shows at the Taipei Fine Art Museum, Addaya Art Centre (Mallorca) and Kiállítás Előtt Galéria (Budapest), as well as taken part in group shows at London Art Fair, Foto Madrid, Nord Art (Germany. Awards won include the Taipei Art Award, Signature Photography Award (London) and Artificial Image Award (Berlin).
Wong Chi Yung, Art, 40 under 40 2012
Wong Chi Yung

Wong Chi Yung better known as CY Wong concentrates on the art of light, blending technology, popular culture and theatrical techniques. Over the last 10 years, he has lived and worked in Paris, Helsinki and Hong Kong, and has taken part in a variety of projects, including theatre lighting, architecture lighting, exhibitions, photography and illustration. Wong was Hirsch Bender Associates Hong Kong's first lighting designer and has been a lighting consultant for Chanel and Louis Vuitton. He was also the concept lighting designer for the Sky 100 Observation Desk in the International Commercial Centre in Hong Kong. Early this year, he displayed his lighting installation Fish in a Tree at the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Architecture Biennale.