Raised among artists, Hong received her B.F.A. from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing before moving to the United States in 1996 to pursue an M.A. from California State University, Sacramento in 2002 and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis in 2004. Hong currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas and has been represented by Haw Contemporary Gallery in the Kansas region since 2015.
For over twenty years, Hong's studio practice has evolved from explorations of self to broader themes of gender, cross-culture, environment and more recently the social justice. Hong combines traditional skills with new concepts and draws from her own experiences in China as well as the United States. Both in form and in process, her work is richly layered with fine details in a massive scale. The trademark of Hong's work has been developed during graduate school in America with large black and white charcoal drawings of long hair. She has used disembodied hair to explore her identity as an immigrant, woman and mother.
Hong has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Asia Society Texas Center, Japanese American National Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Norway, the 9th Shanghai Biennial and Beijing Ink Studio. The most recent shows took place at Milan Royal Palace, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at JCCC and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Hong are the recipients from Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship and Pollock Krasner Foundation. She also attended the artist residency programs at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work can be found in many public and private collections such as Sylvain Levy DSL Collection in Paris, The White Rabbit Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art in Sydney, The Ministry of Culture of China in Beijing, Harvard Art Museums, Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas and Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. Hong is a new resident artist at The Studios INC in Kansas City ( 2022-2024)