Andy Hei is a professional dealer in classical Chinese furniture. He is the second generation of the H.L. Hei family, which has dealt in Ming and Qing Dynasty huanghuali and zitan furniture for over 70 years.
From 1989, Andy Hei assisted the late New York dealer, Robert H. Ellsworth in antique dealing and setting up the Chinese Heritage Art Foundation in Hong Kong. In 1999, Andy Hei Ltd was established on Hollywood Road, becoming renowned for Chinese furniture and works of art.
In 2006, Andy initiated and organised the first edition of Fine Art Asia. In 2015, he also founded Ink Asia, the world’s first art fair dedicated to ink art. In 2020, Ink Asia will become a stand-alone Ink section of Fine Art Asia. Andy has now organised 20 international art fairs in Hong Kong.
From 2014, in partnership with Guardian Art Centre, Andy has organised the Guardian Fine Art Asia fair in Beijing which has attained an international level. In 2021, in collaboration with Chang’s Oriental Art, he will launch Fine Art Taipei, his debut art fair in Taiwan.
Andy plays a prominent role in promoting art and culture in Asia, providing professional advice for overseas dealers and galleries on developing art business in the Asian market, and educating young Asian collectors. He has given numerous lectures at major art and cultural institutions; and contributed to many international art journals and media.
In 2015, Andy was appointed Chairman of the new Hong Kong Antique and Art Galleries Association (HKAAGA) which aims to raise Hong Kong’s art market to a higher level of recognition.
From 2012 to 2015, Andy served on the Exhibition Centre Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. In 2017, Andy was invited to serve as a Council Member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In 2019, he was appointed a Trustee of Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art.