10 Art Influencers and Artists to Follow on Instagram

By Lau  /  May 13, 2016

Affordable Art Fair has officially taken over the city and of course, it’s time to round up some of the greatest artists and art influencers the 852 has to offer. From curators to critics, writers to artists, these are the creatives on Instagram sure to keep you inspired…

Adrian Cheng, Founder of K11 and K11 Art Foundation needs no introduction. He’s a bona-fide art celebrity with over 32K followers on Instagram and known for bringing contemporary art to Asia. He’s the master of exposing buzzy emerging artists to the Hong Kong art world. 
Alex Errera is the brains behind artshare, an online platform curating art news. With ties to all the major exhibitions and projects in town, Errera is the main to know to keep abreast of all things art related, from major figures in the art world to upcoming auctions and exhibitions. 

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Art collector Alan Lo is pretty active in the Hong kong art scene as the Chairman of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design. He’s also the man behind the chain of art-themed restaurants at The Press Group. Alan posts all things art related and snippets of his lifestyle frequently, but expect more images documenting his life.
Elaine Chiu is a Hong Kong-based illustrator who scribbled and paints her way around town. Her art is sweet, fun and bright, much like Chiu herself. You can find Chiu selling her watercolor landscapes at the Asia Contemporary Art fairs, as well as the Affordable Art Fair, and stay up-to date with her latest artwork on her feed. 
Hong Kong-born Kitty Wong is a Toronto-trained artist, with illustrations that are fun, quirky and beautiful. When not painting, Kitty shares some stylish outfit posts and the odd travel snips on her feed to let her personality shine.
Fine artist Simon Birch is no stranger to the local art scene, having risen to the top since moving here in 1997. His brushstrokes have gathered the attention of more than 16.1k followers on Instagram. He’s no stranger to solo shows across the globe in cities like Beijing, L.A and Miami. His latest venture? A collaboration with the 14th Factory in New York.
Tanya Bennet a.k.a Pirate is an awesome illustrator taking this city by storm for her truly inspiring, hand-drawn watercolour portraits. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2009, Bennet’s worked with clients like Lane Crawford, Fendi and Christian Louboutin. Her feed is a visual delight.
Meet the stylish Diana d’Arenberg, an art critic and writer for publications like Harper’s BazaarSouth China Morning Post and Prestige. The Instagram account is filled with photos of the curator, local and international art shows, and the odd street style posts (polished outfits and her signature red lips, of course). 
William Zhao, noted art collector, curator and critic, has become a prominent player in local art scene curating a number of major exhibitions and writings on Chinese art in major publications such Bazaar Art and South China Morning Post. As for his Instagram feed? A social whirlwind of lifestyle and fine art.
Xyza Bacani is a inspiring documentary photographer who is living proof that people can achieve anything. Despite coming to Hong Kong as a domestic worker, she used photography as a medium to raise awareness of human rights issues in Hong Kong and recently was featured on TED talks. Xyza takes beautiful street photography shows and her feed inspired us to pay attention to the small details in life. 



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