About Karen Aruba

Karen Aruba is a self-taught illustrator based in Hong Kong specializing in sketching related to travel and cultural theme. With a passion for art, she derives inspiration from everything she comes across by incorporating themes of energy, peace and happiness.

She is also an event specialist with profound experiences from concept ideas to final execution in collaboration with international brands, corporates, associations and NGO, etc.

Her art brand, named ‘Karen Aruba Art’ built up in 2016, is inspired by the year she spent as a child in Aruba with her mother’s family. Aruba is a tiny Dutch Caribbean island known as ‘One Happy Island’, a cheerful island full of happiness and energy.

Her popular family story with her father, ‘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. Her story was featured in DesignInspire. Her involvement in the design of ‘Travel Mahjong City’ garnered a number of awards.

Karen has tried to keep the ‘Art of Mahjong Craft’ spirit alive with a number of ventures in the past few years, with the new art studio reinvented in JCCAC the latest effort to revive this old tradition with a modern twist, fully supported by her father Master Cheung. Click here to read more about Karen Aruba Studio

Since 2015, Karen has embarked her personal ‘Care & Love Charity Campaign’ which helps the vulnerable, those people who need greater support through her arts and craft with donation successfully made to various charity organizations.

‘Art is a process of creation. We create happiness with heART’ – Karen Aruba Art

Project Awards

  • Illustrated Product ‘Open the table’, The 31st Hong Kong Prints Award Home Décor Category 2019, Champion
  • Take2 Tote Bag Project, Design Intelligence Award (DIA) 2019, Silver Award
  • Take2 Tote Bag Project, Hong Kong Digital Prints Awards 2019, Merit
  • Travel Mahjong City, The 30th Edition of Hong Kong Prints Awards (Merit), Merit
  • Travel Mahjong City collection, K11 D Project Finalists 2018
  • Travel Mahjong City, Hong Kong Smart Design Award 2018, Judge Award
  • Lenovo illustration FB competition 2016, Merit

About Mahjong Craftsman Master Ricky Cheung

Having almost 40 years hand-carved mahjong tile experience, master Ricky Cheung started learning hand-carved tiles from his parents when he was in secondary school. He is not only a professional mahjong craftsman but also an innovator to develop machinery to support his father’s mahjong manufacturing business in 1980-2000s.

Although the business was still not be able to sustain in 2009 due to the severe competition from mainland China, the spirit of the mahjong craftsmanship stays alive. Cheung has retired in 2018 and is now being an volunteer fully engaged with artistic and creative mahjong craftmanship development inspired by her daughter with a strong commitment to preserve such skills and culture.