Karen Aruba is an illustrator in Hong Kong specialising in ink pen sketching of travel and cultural themes. Karen is a self-taught artist with a passion for creative illustration. Her learning process is mainly through observation and a lot of practice, with a good dose of enthusiasm thrown in.
Her art brand ‘Karen Aruba Art’ was built in 2015, by taking inspiration from the year Karen spent as a child in Aruba with her mother’s family, a tiny Dutch Caribbean island, hoping to bring happiness and energy to people through her art.
Her popular family story, ‘A Mahjong Story’, is an intimate tale intricately linked with Hong Kong art & culture, showcasing how this city’s traditional mahjong craftsmanship integrated with artistry. Her popular “A Mahjong Story” illustrations have bridged the gap between traditional cultures and modern lifestyles and passes the skills and know-how from the old generation to the new. Invited by HKTDC, her story was featured in DesignInspire 2017. In 2018, the collaboration between Karen and her father, and a creative design team of KangHong for ‘Travel Mahjong City’ garnered a number of awards in the market.
Creativity, originality, value-adding – the faith of Karen Aruba Art’s work to spread this around the world.