Obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1999 and Master of Art in Daoist studies in 2008 at CUHK, Man Fung-Yi founded the CHIC Studio (Artists' House) to engage in art creation and education.
With her unique visual language, she interprets Chinese philosophies, traditions and heritage through contemporary artistic practices. She also inherits and revitalizes Chinese spirits by liberating herself from stereotypical media. The well-known series, Weaving Intimacy (Body Lines), brings her artistic career to new heights. She uses stainless steel wires to remodel the worn clothing of families. By doing so, she tries to recall her warm memories with families and transforms them into sculptures. The contrasts between the tenderness and softness of clothing and the hardness and toughness of steel inaugurate a fantastic visual impact.
She received the Freeman Foundation Fellowship for Asian Artists, USA in 1997 and the Critic Award, Century, Women Art Exhibition, Beijing in 1998. She was also awarded the Winner of the Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition in 2003.
The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) annually organises the most established contemporary art prize in Asia. SAF's aim is twofold: to help elevate the profiles of mid-career artists across the region, and to raise money for disadvantaged children, using the arts as rehabilitation, education and therapy. For the first time, The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) and Christie's have collaborated in auction to raise much-needed funds for SAF's Make it Better (MIB) project; an initiative that provides art workshops to disadvantaged children in Hong Kong. Until now, the MIB project has largely focused on providing weekly workshops to the Society for Community Organization (SoCo) and the Hong Kong Society for Protection of Children (HKSPC), however this year SAF aims to greatly expand the project and hire full time art therapists and teachers to work with the children. To facilitate this expansion, Christie's has generously offered SAF the platform through which to raise funds and ultimately support the programme.
In this collaboration, selected Sovereign Asian Art Prize finalists and winners have very generously donated artworks to a meaningful March auction at Christie's, with proceeds feeding directly back to The Sovereign Art Foundation's Make It Better project. The selection of contemporary works being auctioned ranges from unique sculptures, to digital prints, to a knitted shredded body container crafted from an authentic collection of Tin Tin Comic Books. Artists including Movana Chen, Debbie Han, Dongi Lee, Man Fung-Yi, MAP Office and JeongMee Yoon have contributed to the project, further cementing their relationship with The Sovereign Art Foundation and aiding its many charitable art projects across the region.