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Gallery Talk by BonHui Uy for Architects
March 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm HST
March 10th (Friday)
5:00pm-6:00pm for Pau Hana, 6:00pm-7:00pm for Gallery Talk
Admission: Free (Pre-registration required)
Downtown Art Center presents The Wild, Whimsical
World of Bonhui Uy, a humorous and whimsical jungle installation of almost
life-sized animals made from large moving-box cardboards by Honolulu artist and
architect Bonhui Uy. His smaller animals are made mostly from recycled materials,
including cardboard, boxes, sheet-metal, containers, and wooden crates. This colorful
menagerie of dinosaurs, birds, dogs, cats, tigers, monkeys, porcupines, and hippos will
take over the Downtown Art Center Main Exhibition Space from February 10 - March
18, 2023, during regular gallery hours from Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The family-friendly installation is designed for everyone, especially for the young and
young at heart. The exhibition will also include a retrospective of Bonhui’s work over the
last 40+ years, including hand and digital drawings, paintings, collages, lithographs,
etchings, and woodcut prints.
A special pop-up shop featuring original works, digital drawing prints in various sizes,
collage print postcards, and wearable art by Bonhui Uy will be featured in the gallery
during the exhibition.
About Bonhui Uy
Bonhui Uy is a fine artist, architectural designer, author and illustrator. He was born in
the Philippines to Chinese parents, and earned a degree in architecture from National
Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and a Masters Degree from Pratt Institute in
Brooklyn, NY. He spent decades working as a designer, later as a consultant to various
renowned architects in New York, Honolulu, and Taiwan, including Philip Johnson,
I.M. Pei, Edward Larrabee Barnes and David Childs.
In Honolulu, Uy worked for the architectural firm Au, Smith & Haworth, where he
helped develop the design of the original Ward Warehouse. He also worked as Principal
& Director of Design for Media Five. Uy has had solo exhibitions of his artwork in 1993
at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; in 2015 at the Xue Xue Foundation, Taiwan; in
2019 at CKS College, Manila; at Chong Hua High School, Davao, Philippines; in 2000 at
the University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture, Honolulu; and in 2022 at Honolulu
To find out more about the artist, visit bonhui.com.
For more information on this exhibition and other shows and events at Downtown Art
Center, visit downtownarthi.org.