Fine Art Asia 2022 Academic Programme


The Art of Flowers

Presented by Fine Art Asia and Hana Art



Mr Warren Cheng, Director, Wui Po Kok Antique Co. Ltd., Hong Kong; Director, Fine Art Asia
Mr Elegant Wong, Director, Ming Gallery, Hong Kong
Ms Jennie Wei, Instructor, Hana Art, Hong Kong
Mrs Pauline Wong, Instructor, Hana Art, Hong Kong

Date: 6 October 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Language: Cantonese


Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, in which blossoms, branches, leaves and stems start their new lives as materials for art making. At Fine Art Asia 2022, renowned antique galleries Ming Gallery and Wui Po Kok collaborate with Hana Art, a well-known Japanese Sogetsu floral design school to present a special exhibition “The Art of Flowers”. In this talk, Elegant Wong, director of Ming Gallery and Warren Cheng, director of Wui Po Kok will discuss some of their antique vessels featured in this exhibition. Using the antique vases from the two galleries, Jennie Wei and Pauline Wong, instructors from Hana Art, will demonstrate the process of Ikebana live on stage. The speakers will explore how Chinese and Japanese cultures can be combined to accentuate the beauty of floral art and antiques.






Warren Cheng is a Hong Kong-based, third-generation antique dealer specialising in Chinese archaic art. His gallery, Wui Po Kok, was founded in the 1980s and has been active throughout the world. The gallery deals in a wide range of art forms, ranging from pottery and bronze vessels to sculptures and scholarly ceramic objects. In the few decades of its operation, the gallery has successfully helped prestigious international collectors and museums alike to reach new heights in their collections of Chinese art. Warren Cheng is also a director of Fine Art Asia, and a co-founder of the Hong Kong Antique and Art Galleries Association.

Warren Cheng holds an MA in Comparative and Public History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong. He attended Brown University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and then worked for the Boston Consulting Group. In recent years, he has been working to blend antiques and technology, in order to present the ancient arts in a new light.





Mr Elegant Wong Siu‐tong is a renowned Hong Kong porcelain connoisseur and antique dealer. Mr Wong was the apprentice of Mr Y.C. Chen, a famous collector and connoisseur. He worked at the Department of Chinese Ceramics of an international auction house in Hong Kong before becoming a consultant for several collectors from the Min Chiu Society. As an internationally acclaimed antique dealer and connoisseur in porcelains of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Mr Wong participates regularly in antiques exhibitions in Europe, America and Asia, as well as international auctions in New York, London and Hong Kong.

Mr Wong is committed to developing and promoting the culture of antique Chinese porcelains with the philosophy of “art is life and life is art”. He also explores and discusses the market and financial problems of Chinese antique porcelains, with a particular interest in the collection of Imperial scholar’s porcelains from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.



Ms Jennie Wei is always passionately curious about all forms of art despite her business background. Ikebana has opened up an ever-inspiring world to learning about art, nature, and mindfulness. She has obtained a ‘2nd Grade Sanyo’ teacher’s degree from the Sogetsu School.  She also holds a Master of Arts from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.





Mrs Pauline Wong has a background in accounting and like many city dwellers, leads a busy life. She discovered Ikebana which has opened up her love for nature and inspired her to pursue a path towards self- betterment. The sense of tranquillity realised by a calm state of mind during floral arrangement has created a perfect balance with her active lifestyle. She is captivated by the immense art and culture of Ikebana and has obtained a ‘First Grade Somu’ degree from the Sogetsu School.