Yiko Li : I want to be a tree

Yiko Li is an  illustrator based in Hong Kong, she loves trees, flowers and cats. Her work is related to  nature and she likes to mix her hand drawing with pressed flower craft.


KALTBLUT: Who are you, where are you from and what do you do?

Yiko Li: YikoLi,HongKong,Illustrator

KALTBLUT: How did you come to  illustration?

Yiko Li: When I was in middle school I liked to draw, and I began to really make an illustrator because of my graduate Project – TreeMan. Painting for me is the best express feelings


KALTBLUT: Why is tree the center of your work?

Yiko Li: I drew my inspiration from those who hide their feelings deep down within. To meet the need of life, we put on different faces.  And I think the tree is the representative of myself, very quiet and expressionless. They do not show their own emotions and feelings. just want to be a tree quietly look on the world.

KALTBLUT: Who is this person half human – half tree?

Yiko Li: I think  can be me or you or someone.

KALTBLUT: Why a tree head and a human body and why not the other way round?

Yiko Li: On my way to school there are a lot of trees through a trail, you can watch them live peacefully, no one will disturb their lives. So I want to be a tree, I want to make myself being a part of the tree.

KALTBLUT: Do you have any mentor, artist that inspires you?

Yiko Li: Matsui Fuyuko. I liked her dark style. Although very simple strokes, but it makes me feel chill.


KALTBLUT: What’s the best part about living in HongKong?

Yiko Li:
Hong Kong is a very small and a ¬busy city. Hong Kong people have no time to talk with others, listen to others and love with others. So why I created my character ‘TreeMan’ – he represents most of the heartless people. He is a silent and a self-centered child.