Hong Yi (who often goes by the nickname Red) is a Malaysian artist/architect who is used to create stunning illustrations with everyday materials. After graduating with Master in Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Red moved to Shanghai for a career in architecture. It was here that she completed her first unconventional work, a portrait of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei made entirely out of sunflower seeds. Here are some works made with food. Perfect for the Expo 2015 in Milan.
Michael Aaron Williams is american and he is a complete artist: painter, sculptor and and creator of stunning street art works.
As a painter, most of his portraits in recent years have focused on using coffee and ink on antique ledger paper that dates back to the 1920s and 30s. The images are entirely rendered using a brush, lots of coffee, and a bit of ink for the darkest darks.
But another important part of his work focuses on the street.
As the artist says:
“It’s the place where people live their daily lives. This allows me to interact with an audience on their own turf and observe how they react to the art; it is a social experiment. These open‐air installations focus on the ephemeral state of street people and enable the viewer to participate in the outcome of the pieces, whether the viewer leaves or saves them from the street. My goal in depicting street people is to show their beauty and fragility, while bringing their situation into the eyes of the viewer, refusing to let them be forgotten or ignored.”