Encouraged by friends and family, my affinity for drawing began in kindergarten. At the age of 13, I became deeply embedded in internet fan cultures and taught myself how to create graphics and digital illustrations.
As an adult, I launched Art by Tori Hong (2017). Much like the river of time, my illustrations trace the ingenuity of the natural world and the legacies of my cultures. My work simultaneously has nostalgic and future-facing qualities to it, tethering itself to the present. Using bold lines and vibrant colors, I queer my Hmong, Korean, and diasporic American roots, all told from the place I call home: Minneapolis, Mni Sóta Maḳoce, “USA”.