Artist Creates World Cup Player Portraits By Kicking Around A Paint-Covered Soccer Ball

Artist Creates World Cup Player Portraits By Kicking Around A Paint-Covered Soccer Ball
Arts & Culture

Red Hong Yi creates one of a kind soccer artwork using the game's own equipment.

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 18 june 2014

With the World Cup in full swing down in Brazil, fans are cheering for their favorite teams with memorabilia — everything from jerseys to scarves to footwear, even posters of their favorite players. One artist, Red Hong Yi, decided to take the excitement of the games to a whole new level: creating portraits of these famous soccer players with nothing more than paint, her feet, and a soccer ball.

Using various colors and the ball, Yi was able to recreate not one, but three of soccer’s most beloved and popular players: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazil’s Neymar and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, respectively. She began the project by first outlining the shapes of the heads in yellow before using grey and black paint to create the highly intricate faces. Finally, splashes of color were added for their distinctive World Cup jerseys (red for Portugal, yellow and green for Brazil and blue for Argentina). These huge canvases shows that this was no small feat, and only using a ball, which can easily roll out of control, makes the paintings even more impressive.


This Malaysian artist has often created works of art with unorthodox materials and tools, like a portrait of film star Jackie Chan only using string and chopsticks, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in sunflower seeds or, in a prior sports related project, she created a portrait of former Houston Rocket player Yao Ming with a basketball. If anything, it goes to prove that Red Hong Yi not only has a massive imagination but also the incredible talent of being able to pull it off in the most surprising and unique ways. No news as to which team she is personally rooting for this year, but fans of any country can appreciate this intricately created masterpiece.

To see how this talented artist used a ball and some fancy footwear to make incredible portraits, check out the video below:

Red Hong Yi

[h/t] Designboom

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