Wah Yan Au 
Hong Kong. 1984

Visual Artist/ teacher lives in Hong Kong. She received her BA in Fines arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2007).

She has her drawings and illustrations published in local press media.
Solo exhibition "Fragments" was held in 2013.
Since 2014, she releases biweekly comic strips “What a World" in the newspaper Sunday Mingpao. Recently  focusing on printmaking and book publication.
Also works as a visual arts teacher in HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. 

Wah Yan Au


Wild boar runs...

31.07.2017 to 25.08.2017

Au Wah Yan is interested in visual story telling, working in the area of drawing, printmaking and comic illustration, while exploring the ambiguity of the fictional and the real in narrative approach. She has been interested in Buenos Aires from an early age since her mother showed her a cartoon of Mafalda translated into Chinese. The artist herself explains that it was through Mafalda that she came up with concepts that would mark her ideology and social consciousness as "communism," "socialism," "capitalism”. Wah Yan is an artist that defines herself as been always related both to the most exposed presence that activism implies and to the more introspective movement that her individual artwork needs (illustration, drawing, printmaking, etc.). 

Artist Statement

"Wild boar runs into a shopping mall"

How do people tries to connect, transform and recreate with one’s history. Much of her monochrome charcoal and pencil drawings reveal an exploration of the inner psyche of personal experience and social engagement in her early years. The theatrical images are the accumulation of fragmented imagination and social observation, like city-fables that represent the chaos of modern lives. You can find how living creatures live awkwardly through the imagery as metaphor. Her narratives are inspired by anecdotes of the places, allegory of the animals, folk tales, daily news and literary adaptations.
During her stay, she aimed to work on an illustrated etching book features allegory and examines the form of sequential narrative.

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