Mak Winnie

1956, Hong Kong

Introduction

Winnie Mak was born in Hong Kong. She lives in Hong Kong and is currently the President of the Hong Kong Union of Visual Artists. She moved to Canada in the 1970s at a time when Hong Kong was experiencing rapid artistic development. There she studied western art and ink painting through the workshops offered by Lee Byng, a renowned watercolorist, and Lam Chin-shek, a noted painter, calligrapher, and seal-carver.

She returned to Hong Kong in 1994, setting up her own studio to teach art and for the practice and promotion of contemporary ink painting and graphic art. Apart from developing her own artwork, she administered an array of art projects and visual arts exhibitions, in her capacity as curator and organizer for the Hong Kong Committee of the Federation of Asian Artists, under the aegis of the Home Affairs Bureau of HKSAR, and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, with rewarding results. Her serigraphy has been represented in international art fairs, competitions, and invitational exhibitions, and she was recognized with a Special Jury Award at the International Mini Prints 2020 organized by the International Printmaking Center, the National Taiwan Normal University.

She has had two solo exhibitions in Taipei, 2020 and 2014 resprectively, and Hong Kong solo exhibition in 2015.

Her artworks have been included in the permanent collection of The Duanghuang Arts Centre, China (2001); the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong (2007); The Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center in Bangkok, the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, the Ministry of Culture of Thailand (2013); Yiqingzhai Studio (2013); the International Printmaking Center of the National Taiwan Normal University (2017); The Diaghilev Museum of Modern Art of the St. Petersburg State University (2018); the Hongkong Land Limited (2018); and the Muzeul de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2019); and corporate and private collectors.

 

BIOGRAPHY
1956 Born in Hong Kong
1970s Moved to Canada and studied western art and ink painting through the workshops offered by Lee Byng, a renowned watercolorist, and Lam Chin-shek, a noted painter, calligrapher, and seal-carver
1994 Returned to Hong Kong and set up a studio to teach art
2000 Advisor to organiser, Foshan International Ceramic Wood-firing Conference, Nanfeng Dragon Kiln, Foshan, Guangdong, China
2001 Organizer, Hong Kong Visual Arts Festival, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
2004-13 Curator, organiser and conference coordinatot, Mapping Asia: Asian International Art Exhibition, organised by Heritage Museum and jointly presented by Hong Kong Committee for the regional committees of the Federation of Asian Artists, Hong Kong
2010 Participating Porcelain Wine Jars Creative Workshop, organised by the Kinmen Ceramic Factory, Kinmen Island, Taiwan
2013 Invited artist to the Asian Artists Workshop, organised by the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of CultureKrabi, Thailand
Present President of the Hong Kong Union of Visual Artists

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 The Emerald Shades of Flowers and Leaves – The Ink Art World of Winnie Mak, Howard Salon, Taipei, Taiwan

2014 Lines and Beyond: Contemporary Ink by Winnie Mak, A Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Modern Chinese Culture Invitational Exhibition, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

1 st Hong Kong International Female Contemporary Art Exhibition, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

Epoch of Ink Paintings — Inheritance and Transformation Exhibition, Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong

Ink Painting Two Cities — Shenzhen & Hong Kong Ink Painting Exchange Exhibition, Central Library Exhibition Galleries, Hong Kong

Shanghai-Hong Kong-Macau: Modern Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition 2015, Central Library Exhibition Galleries, Hong Kong

2014 28th Asian International Art Exhibition, Kinmen Cultural Park Historial Folk Museum, Kinmen, Taiwan

Contemporary Modern Exhibition, ION Gallery, Orchard Turn, Singapore

2013 27th Asian International Art Exhibition, Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Urban Hermits, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong
Collection of the First Hong Kong & Futian Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition, Shenzhen, China 

2012,13,14 Incheon Global Cities Art Exchange Exhibition 2014, Incheon Metropolitan City Art Association, Incheon, Korea
2012 4-City Safari: Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Solo, Bali, Indonesian Watercolour Society, Indonesia
2011 26th Asian International Art Exhibition, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Art Centre, Seoul, Korea
2010 Traces & Glimpses: Hong Kong Union of Visual Artist & Glasstudio Joint Exhibition, Exhibition Galleries, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong
25th Asian International Art Exhibition, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaator, Mongolia
2009 The First Encounter: Taipei, Kunming & Hong Kong, Contemporary Art Exhibition, 99 Art Space, Kunming, Yunnan, China
3rd Namsong International Art Exhibition, Seongnam Arts Centre Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2007 The Norman W.M. KO Collection of Hong Kong Art, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2005 18th Asian Watercolour: Ubud-Bali, Bali, Indonesia
Hong Kong Union of Visual Artists Inaugural Exhibition, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong-Kong, Hong Kong
2004 
17th Annual Exhibition of the Asian Watercolour Confederation, Jeju Island, Korea 
2003 International Watercolour Invitational Exhibition 2003, Niagata, Japan 


SELECTED AWARDS

2020 Special Jury Award, International Mini Prints 2020, organized by the International Printmaking Center,  National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan


SELECTED PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2004 Project Manager, Clouds in the Sky by Eddie Lui, New Faces of Heritage Public Art Competition 2004: Art Trial Project, Housing Authority, Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
2003 Coordinator, Ocean Garden: A Public Art Project, Hong Kong MTR Corporation, Arrival Hall of Tsing Yi Station, Hong Kong Airport Railway Line, Hong Kong
2000 Project Manager, Sprout by Lai Chi Man (Red granite sculpture of 5000 Kg, 400x140x80cm), Hong Kong Central Library Project, Hong Kong 
1998-1999 Coordinator and co-curator, Volume & Form Singapore 1999: 1st International Environmental and Urban Sculpture Exhibition in Singapore, Far East Square, Singapore

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Diaghilev Museum of Modern Art, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

Muzeul de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, the Ministry of Culture of Thailand, Thailand

International Printmaking Center, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

Duanghuang Arts Centre, Shanghai, China

University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hongkong Land Limited, Hong Kong

SELECTED PUBLICATION PROJECTS
2010 Book design, Traces & Glimpses: Hong Kong Union of Visual Artist & Glasstudio, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong
2004-2009 Exhibition catalogues, Hong Kong Union of Visual Artist, Hong Kong 
2004 Co-author, New Ink: Children’s Art Book, Hong Kong
1999 Co-author, Children’s Creative Space I: Creative Drawing, Hong Kong