Sabrina Ho Chiu Yeng
People’s perception of Sabrina is inseparable from her family’s history, but within the age of only twenty five she shows an additional aspect for a occupation girl. She practised painting considering that childhood and majored in art, she use her inventive talent in business progress, pay back significant energy to advertise the development of artwork in Macau regarding make an international artwork exchange platform for your town. Sabrina Ho shared with Journal & More her work experience and plan, as well as her perspective on Macau’s artwork industry.
M&M: You have studied art and company. Which one do you like more and why?
S: Both artwork and enterprise are my favorite subjects. I like artwork because I was a child and I chose this as my major in university. Majoring in artwork does not mean that I have to be a painter, I can practice artwork in many aspects and integrate it with my lifestyle. Small business is also a sector I am interested in, so I am happy to have the opportunity to combine the two sectors. Artwork is my current occupation. Furthermore, I can apply the professional company knowledge in the real world because the two sectors are complement of each other.
M&M: Can you talk about your experience working in Poly Macau.
S: Poly Group is a professional company in artwork works auction. The first auction we held in Macau was a big success with the total trading of 245 million Hong Kong dollars, creating the record of highest average trading price of a single artwork piece in Hong Kong and Macau. When I was preparing the “The First Macao Poly Artwork Auction”, I went to Beijing, Shanghai ,Taiwan and other place with a group of experts to promote the event and visited local artwork collectors to convince them to provide their collections. The purpose was to collect more and better valuable collections for that auction. During the visits, I had the opportunity to meet collectors from different places so that i can know more about the different types of collections and the markets in different places as well as their background and record. My knowledge in art and collection has expanded a lot.
M&M: You worked before in the renovation of Regency Hotel. What inspire you to create this project and what were your biggest challenges?
S: There are many grand and luxurious hotels in Macau, but we have insufficient young and inventive hotels. The idea of renovating Regency Hotel was originated from artwork hotels in neighboring areas. In fact, art hotels are very popular in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, etc. It is possible to add art elements to hotel designs. Art works are not just for decoration, they are alive and coexist harmoniously with the hotel. You can say they are part of the hotel. By renovating the Regency Hotel, I wish to bring the culture of art hotel to Macau and start a new small business model.
The biggest challenge in renovating the hotel is to preserve the original Portuguese architecture style while adding new elements, since the hotel was completed in the 1980s and had a heritage of 30 years. It is important to maintain the unique Regency style by combining the classical style and art elements naturally.
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