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Portrait Artist Oscar yi Hou on the Best Advice He’s Ever Gotten

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The up-and-coming painter talks to Bazaar for the Icons issue

Bazaar’s 2022 Icons issue celebrates a rising generation of stars—people 30 years old or younger who are making an impact on the world through their ideas and their art. Here, we talk to the artist Oscar yi Hou, who paints dense, layered portraits of meaningful people in his life.

Amiri vest and pants. Tiffany & Co. earring. Yi Hou’s own necklace. Dior Men derby shoes.
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What does the word icon mean to you?

Simply put, an icon is someone who is iconic.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I can’t remember who I actually received it from, but I think learning how to say no and respecting your own boundaries.

When do you feel the most iconic?

Probably when I’m dancing in a club or something.

What do you think is the most iconic astrological sign?

Obviously Libra. I’m a Libra. The reason being, we are very balanced. We’re great diplomats. And I think we’re good friends as a result.


Read more from Bazaar’s 2022 Icons issue.

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