Hong Kong Artist Amy Maria Tong

As keen creatives we love it when we come across artists who works excite us. What’s even better is when they are also a yoga practitioner. We have been following @ amytingtong for a while and love that her feed is a combination of yoga and her work.

We took the opportunity to ask her some questions on what inspires her work and get some insight in to her life in HK with some great recommendations.

What influences your art work?

My imagination and my daily life.

Art is known for being a male dominated industry- how has your experience been as a woman?

I don’t agree with that. There are a lot of successful female artists out there who are really inspiring. eg, Sarah Lucas, Kara Walker, Georgia O’keeffe, Judy Chicago, Yayoi Kusama, etc.

What music do you like to listen to in the studio?

90s R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Drum and Bass, Garage, Grime, Dub and some Dancehall.

Who are your favourite HK artists?

Wu Jiaru and Cheung Yin Ngan.

How long have you been doing yoga?

I started doing yoga 7/8 years ago.

Do you find doing yoga helps with your creative process?

Yoga helps me focus and clears my mind. When I am super stressed out, I’ll stay in my headstand so my head can get some blood.

How / why did you start yoga?

I started yoga thinking It’s a sport I can handle and I needed to do some exercise and running is so boring.

Anywhere in HK you recommend for yoga?

Anahatha Yoga.

Favourite pose?

Savasana.

What do you do to relax?

Lay in bed and hug my dogs.

How do you switch off ?

There’s a button at the back of my neck…

Best place to find peace (in HK)?

Massage parlour. I recommend Tai Pan Reflexology Parlour.

Favourite coffee place?

Winstons Coffee, Joint.

Favourite place for yumcha?

Sheung Hei in Kennedy Town.

Secret skill?

I have yet to lose a duvet war, fully asleep.

Favourite hike?

Ng Tung Chai waterfalls.

Favourite place to hang out?

My studio.

Visit here to see Amy’s work