FU Man Yi (a.k.a. Sonya FU, b.1982) is a visual artist from Hong Kong. Growing up in the former British Colony where East meets West, Fu is influenced by both Oriental and Western culture.
Starting from 2010, Fu has exhibited in many art galleries and international art fairs around the world. Fu's work has been featured in many art publications including Curvy, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and the Semi-Permanent art books.
The passion for art makes Sonya stand out in her art taking the imagination to another state that is color and harmony.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
My dreams and flashes of images I see during meditation.
When was the first moment you decided you wanted to be an artist?
Since I was little but it didn't seem realistic to me until 2010 I had my first show invitation.
Painting is your primary medium, but do you work in other mediums or explore other styles?
I would like to explore animation and installation.
Ascension by Sonya Fu
I-See by Sonya Fu
Who is your favorite artist?
Is there any particular music you tend to listen to while working?
I mostly listen to deep space ambient and solfeggio music, I also love movie and game soundtracks, especially work composed by Yoko Kanno and Akira Yamaoka, they are amazing!
What is your ideal day?
A calm and beautiful sunny day.
Night Poem Series by Sonya Fu
Can you tell us a bit about your process, from concept to creation?
I start with a vivid mental image where I decide the atmosphere and palette for the work, and then I would make small thumbnails to finalize the composition and work it from there.
If you could do anything, what would it be?
Visit myself in the past and the future.
What’s one of your deepest values or most important topics to you, and how do you communicate that with your art?
The human subconscious mind and spirituality. I get my inspiration from dreams and I see the composition of my work vividly through meditation and visualization.
Trance by Sonya Fu
Tender Stillness by Sonya Fu
How has your art changed throughout your life?
Just like different phases of life. There were times I was obsessed with dark subject matter and times that I was into cute pop-surrealism. I am now into spiritual subject matter and all of these influences a great deal of my work.
What is your dream project?
To turn my paintings into large-scale installation.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Thank You Sonya!
We hope you continue to build a world where art is a universal language. We will collaborate together and you will surely reach all your dreams. Good luck artist!..
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