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Vaan Ip (b.1984) graduated from the Hong Kong Art School in 2009 with a higher diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in painting. In his earlier works, his paintings interact with his view of the city and his childhood memories. Ip’s art practice explores the relationship between himself, his home city, Hong Kong, and its people. The works not only convey the artist’s feelings, but also resonate with the audiences.

With his distinctive ideas, he began to develop his Lost City series. The series started with paintings, depicting the characteristics of a crowded city, both its unity and structure. Feeling trapped and lost in the rapidity and complexity of the city, Ip believes that one’s dreams—often represented by a kite in his work, are what keep one away from the troubles of their hustling, everyday life.


Later on, Ip extended his ideas into installation works. Using brass and stainless steel as materials to further emphasise on the architectural aspects of Hong Kong, he believes the medium delivers his vision of accomplishing one’s dream, so as to embrace the journey of life.

1984 Born in Hong Kong, 1984

2009 Graduated in Hong Kong Art School, Higher Diploma in Fine Art


Solo Exhibition


2018 Dreamcatcher, Green Art Asia x Edward Chiu Jewellery Art, Hong Kong

2017 City Arising, YY9 Gallery, Hong Kong

2014 Paradise Revisited, Studio Rouge Gallery, Hong Kong

2009 Finding Neverland, Shin Hwa Gallery, Hong Kong


Selected Group Exhibition

2023 New Moon Rising: A Contemporary Tale, Touch Ceramics, Hong Kong

2022 L’ARTCHITECTURE, Galerie Koo, Hong Kong

2018 Topia and city, JZFZ, Chengdu

G.E.O., Galerie K0O, Hong Kong

2017 Poetry In Light, Green Art Asia × Studio 9, Hong Kong

Next +, Art Next Expo, Hong Kong

Breathing Space, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong

2016 Affordable Art Fair Young Talent 2016, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Art + HK, Green Art Asia, Sun International Auction, Hong Kong

Art Home for PEACE. Green Art Asia. Hong Kong

2015 City Memory. YY9 Gallery. Hong Kong

10th Anniversary Exhibition- In Conversations with 100 local artists. YY9 Gallery, Hong Kong

2013 Lot Art, The Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong

2012 Inside Out, Fabrik Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

Fotan Artist Open Studios 2012, Red Elation Gallery, Hong Kong

2011 Selected works by Gallery Artists, Red Elation Gallery, Hong Kong

Fotan Artist Open Studios 2011, Red Elation Gallery, Hong Kong

2010 3 IN1 - An Exhibition by Pabro, Red Elation Gallery, Hong Kong

2009 A Magical Summer, Shin Hwa Gallery, Hong Kong

The moon gazed at you - You gaze at it too, White @rcade, Hong Kong

FEEL IN THE BLANK, Hong Kong Art School Graduation Exhibition, Pao Gallery, Hong Kong

2008 Trail of Time Exhibition, La Lanta Fine Art Gallery, Bangkok

Childhood Memories, A Gallery, Hong Kong

Fotan Artist Open Studios 2008, LogbooK Studio, Hong Kong


Art Fair

2019 2019 Hang Zhou Art Fair, Hang Zhou, China

2018 Affordable Art Fair 2018, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2013 Bank Artfair 2013 Hong Kong, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong

2012 AHAF HK 2012, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong

2011 ART FAIR TOKYO 2011, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo

2009 Former Central School Envisioning Days, Former Hollywood Road Police Quarters, Hong 



2015 The 18th International Sculpture Symposium Icheon 2015, Icheon, South Korea



2016 The 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale Di Venezia 2016 Venice, Italy


Public Art

2018-2019 Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival, Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong

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