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). 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.