Established in 1991, Kwai Fung Hin has developed into a cultural force of repute in Hong Kong through its long and distinguished history of advancing artistic exchange between the East and West.
With a dynamic network consisting of a highly-regarded art gallery, consultancy, publishing house, lithograph publisher and cultural foundation, over three decades we have launched over 160 gallery exhibitions, 13 institutional exhibitions, 52 catalogues and monographs, and 133 series of lithographs, earning a reputation for our particular expertise in 20th century modern art and Asian contemporary art.
We have worked with and supported a dynamic roster of over one hundred artists, including Zao Wou-Ki, Lalan, Li Huayi, Pan Gongkai and Ai Xuan, whose extensive cultural experiences and global perspectives bridge the West and the East in fresh and remarkable ways. These artists have brought new dimensions to the canon of art history with their radical and uncompromising visions, overturning centuries-old traditions and ushering in a new era of artistic development.
Now in our fourth decade, we continue in our efforts:
- to promote East-West artistic dialogue;
- to support our artists and share their visionary work with audiences around the world through institutional collaborations and innovative cultural initiatives; and
- to devote ourselves to developing educational opportunities and promoting dialogue within the artistic community in the city of Hong Kong and beyond.
FOUNDER - MS. CATHERINE KWAI
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ms. Catherine Kwai developed her passion in art and philosophy since childhood. After her successful career in the banking industry for 10 years, she decided to establish Kwai Fung Culture & Communications Company Limited in 1991. Her business has been developed into four companies with different directions and missions in art:
1991-present Founder and Managing Director, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery
1996-present Founder and Managing Director, Kwai Fung Art Consultants
2002-present Founder and Managing Director, Kwai Po Collection
2006-present Founder and Managing Director, Kwai Fung Art Publishing House
Since 1991, Kwai Fung Hin has organized more than 100 exhibitions. Ms Kwai has also cooperated with renowned museums and cultural institutes in China and Hong Kong and was assigned as the curator or co-organizer in supporting many important and influential exhibitions.
Ms Kwai's contribution in art and cultural exchanges between the East and the West has earned her the awards "Knight of the National Order of the Merit" by the French Government in 2011 and "Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy" by the Italian Republic Government in 2021.
Alongside devoting herself in building up a successful career, Ms Kwai has also been actively involved in charity works and public services:
- Chairperson of the Advisory Committee for the Indra and Harry Banga Gallery of City University of Hong Kong
- Member of the Board of Governors of City University of Hong Kong Foundation
- Member of the Court of City University of Hong Kong
- Member of the Court of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- Italy Government Appointed Member of the Chinese-Italian Cultural Society
- Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation
- Executive Vice-Chairman of Federation of HK Jiangsu Community Organisation
- Member of Board of Directors of Association Culturelle France-Hong Kong Ltd. (2012-2019)
- Co-President of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (2019-2021)
Ms Catherine Kwai left the field of finance, which she had served for many years, to start a new page in her life. At a private club in Central, Hong Kong, she presented a group exhibition of Yunnan painters, and in this way the prelude to Kwai Fung began.
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery established the first formal gallery space located on the 2nd floor of no. 79 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley. At the beginning, it focused on a series of exhibitions of French contemporary art. After just two years, it made its first step outside Hong Kong and beyond the scope of a commercial gallery, by curating a retrospective exhibition of Marcel Mouly, an important painter of the School of Paris, at the Shanghai Art Museum.
1996 KWAI FUNG ART CONSULTANTS
Kwai Fung Art Consultants offers a highly discreet and personalized art advisory service, providing individual and corporate clients with insightful analysis based on our art expertise and privileged knowledge of the market, and are committed to helping our clients to build and manage valuable art collections of both aesthetic and academic value.
2002 KWAI PO COLLECTION
Kwai Fung established the Kwai Po Collection – a project for systematically publishing and promoting Chinese contemporary lithographs on an unprecedented scale. Since its inception, through participation in international art fairs such as FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain) in France and Art Chicago and Art Miami in the United States, Kwai Fung has built up an international distribution network for these lithographs. By such means Kwai Fung has given a high level of proactive support to contemporary art in China.
2004 MOVE TO CENTRAL
Kwai Fung moved from Aberdeen to Central, the most important financial district in Hong Kong. At a shop space on the ground floor of 20 Ice House Street, the gallery started a new phase, organising each year a series of fascinating art exhibitions, which have gradually established Kwai Fung as one of the area’s favourite artistic venues.
2006 KWAI FUNG ART PUBLISHING HOUSE
For each of its major exhibitions Kwai Fung has made considerable effort to produce a substantial and authoritative catalogue, providing in-depth introductions to the artists that we represent. In 2006 the Kwai Fung Art Publishing House was set up. We work with international publishers such as Flammarion and Rizzoli, in order to achieve a more systematic editing and comprehensive distribution of the publications, and contribute to the art literature at our best.
2010 HOMMAGE TO ZAO WOU-KI
In 2007, Kwai Fung Art Publishing House initiated a demanding but very meaningful project: the production and publication of a monograph on Zao Wou-Ki, covering the essential features of his entire artistic career. With the support of Zao's wife, Ms Francoise Marquet, as well as his personal assistant, Mr Yann Hendgen, the book was launched in 2010, with Chinese, English and French editions, and is recognized as one of the most authoritative sources for studying Zao Wou-Ki.
2021 Kwai Fung Tai Kwun
At the 30th anniversary, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery expanded its scope, opening a new space in the century-old heritage compound – Tai Kwun, embarking an exciting chapter for the gallery.
With almost three decades of professional experience behind us, the move brings opportunities for the gallery to explore new ways of exhibiting and experiencing the work of our artists.