February 7, 2016 by Laura Gomez


Sonya FU Man Yi (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.

In 2011, Fu was endorsed by Semi-Permanent Hong Kong as a notable and emerging artist. In the same year, Fu was awarded with Perspective Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′ which celebrates top young creative talent throughout Asia.

Fu‘s chosen medium – digital painting – encompasses an intricate technique which Fu paints with very detailed and delicate brushwork. The finished digital artwork is produced as limited edition archival prints for a broader audience and collectors to enjoy and acquire the work. Fu has recently employed new printing methods such as Diasec and 3D Lenticular, these exquisite processes further enrich the depth and colors in Fu‘s vibrant digital delights.

“Art is a powerful visual language and creating art is a calming and therapeutic process. I would like to share with people my dreamscape, its beauty and its oddity. It might be an eerie creature, a whimsical scenery or a disturbed beauty who speaks words of wisdom – they are all embodiments of my subconscious mind. If my work manages to stir emotions and provoke thoughts, then I am doing the right thing as an artist – creating and conveying emotion.”
says Fu.

Artist Interview:

Name: Sonya FU

Birthday: July 16

Favorite Color: It depends on my mood!

Favorite Book: Seth Speaks – The Eternal Validity of the Soul

Favorite Movie: Beetlejuice by Tim Burton

Favorite Food: Veggie fried rice served in a hot stone bowl!

Favorite Quote:
“If you want to know what you think of yourself, then ask yourself what you think of others, and you will find your answer.” – Seth / Jane Roberts

Why are you an artist, and when did you first become one?
-Creating art has always been my real passion! I have become a full time artist in 2010.

Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start?
-It comes naturally, I’m mostly inspired by my dreams and I can visualize very vividly. The objects I dream of/visualize, they sometimes change forms and shapes on their own, in a surprising way. This is also the most interesting part because some of the greatest ideas come from this unexpected transformation process.

What’s the best advice anyone gave you?

-It is impossible to please everyone with our art, just have faith and passion in what we do and be thankful and humble for those who love or criticize our art.

Do you suffer for your art?
– I am thankful for my art *Smiles*.

How would you define yourself as an artist?

-I think I am a “manifester” of my thoughts and dreams. The girls/objects I paint are from my subconscious mind, I simply manifest them to this reality through art.

What inspires you to work?

-Mostly my dreams, my inner voice, sometimes music and the atmosphere around me.

You seem to use a lot of symbols in your work. Do your works tell stories or are they simply decorative elements of the project?

-It depends, most of the elements you see in my earlier works are stories and messages that I would like to tell. I now mostly paint from my visions, I let everything I see in my visualization flow and change its form.

What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
-Bob Ross, his attitude – “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

What other interests do you have outside of art?

-I love reading, especially on spiritual matters and quantum physics.

You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art performances today?
-Art galleries, museums, movies, books and on the internet.

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
-If this happens, it probably means that there are other things I should do to serve a higher purpose.

What are your next projects?
– I will have a group show at Corey Helford Gallery in LA opening on 20th Feb 2016, meanwhile I am planning on a new series, stay tuned!
Being heavily inspired by her dreams and spirituality, Fu blends her subject matters with symbolic metaphors and the unseen beauties she encountered during Hypnagogic state – the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep. All of this combined introduces an eerie and obscure atmosphere in Fu’s visual narratives.

/ Award /
Perspective Magazine 40 Under 40 Award 2011

/ Selected Press and Publications /

Beautiful Bizarre Magazine #011
Chinese Literature Today Vol.4 No.2
Hong Kong Economic Times 29th Sept 2012 (Chinese)
Curvy 8
Laminate Most Wanted 3
JET Magazine #114 (Chinese)
Tao Magazine #25 (Chinese)
JET Magazine #111 (Chinese)
Perspective Magazine May 2011 (Chinese)
Sing Pao Daily 9th March 2011 (Chinese)
MetroPop Magazine #242 (Chinese)

/ Selected Online Features and Interviews /
Arte Fuse
Plginrt-Project (Japanese)
Beautiful/Decay Magazine
Beautiful Bizarre
Supersonic Art
Alter Mordenists
Under-Wonderland (Chinese)
Hong Kong Hustle (Jan 2012)
JET Magazine (Chinese)
Hong Kong Hustle (Feb 2011)