Zhuang Hong Yi was born in 1962 in Sichuan, China. After he finished his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute - the oldest and one of the most prestigious art academies in China - in Chongqing, he and his wife (the artist Lu Luo, b. 1971) moved to Groningen, The Netherlands, where they both became apprentices at the
Minerva Academy. After finishing his studies in 1997, Zhuang quickly received recognition as an artist. Many international exhibitions followed.
The artist’s Chinese roots remain clearly visible in his work, both thematically and through the use of his materials. His residence in the Netherlands over the past two decades has profoundly influenced his work. The renowned and incredibly unique Flowerbed series are a clear example of this crossover of Eastern and Western influences. Even after many years of residence in Europe, Zhuang still holds his main studio in Beijing, where he travels several times a year to work, collect new materials and to find inspiration.