Menmin Made was created by Paulina Hoong to bring forward expressive watercolor plants + florals + food + AAPI-inspired art into this world.
I’m a queer, second-gen Chinese-American artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Through watercolor art, I express my vision for a better world with whimsical, bright, and joyful colors.
To honor my Chinese identity, I named my business "Menmin Made," after my Chinese name. I draw inspiration from Chinese symbolism, the diasporic Midwestern Asian-American experience, being a restaurant kid, and the natural world. I love to smell flowers, taste food, and chase sunsets, which manifest into my art.
My goal is to make art accessible to people from all cultures and brighten up any space!
Media & Exhibitions
“30 Lunar New Year Goodies You Can Get From API-owned Small Shops”
University of Minnesota Weisman Art Museum
“How Does Your Garden Grow?”
Chinese Historical Society of America
Joy on Joice Artist Preview
Asian American Organizing Project
“Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Local Leaders”
Cut Fruit Collective
The Heavy Table
“Minnesota Rice: A new blog uses keen writing and gorgeous illustration to document Asian restaurants”
“Fluttering Fortunes” Solo Exhibition, April 2022
Asian American Women Artists Association
Side Slam 2022