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About me

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Long before I picked up chopsticks, I've picked up a pencil and a paintbrush.


Childhood was spent drawing, getting caught passing hand-drawn comic strips under classroom desks, painting in rain and sketching on the run.

Fast forward some years, I began sketching in my travels, capturing moments, food, and thoughts in places I stepped foot on. Recently, while experimenting with watercolor urban sketching, I inadvertently embarked on a journey of 'rediscovery' in my hometown, uncovering unspoken stories along the way —often in the most ordinary, familiar, yet most overlooked places.

Each storefront and each character tells of an extraordinary story, one that weaves into the rise (and fall) of Hong Kong and the rich, intangible cultural heritage that makes Hong Kong so uniquely Hong Kong. Each one tells of a not-so-distant past and future, of a lifetime of devotion and resilience, and of the age-old struggle between progress and tradition, reality and ambition.

These are the true, unsung heroes of the home we call Hong Kong.


Join me in this journey as I prop myself down on my portable stool with sketchbook and brush, dodging traffic and mobs of pedestrians —one sketch at a time.

Follow your dreams



Kowloon City, SCMP, Young Post

Alvin Lam’s urban sketches capture city’s craftspeople and businesses, such as a storied street in Kowloon City and Hong Kong’s last mahjong tile carver

Honeycombers | Nov 2021

Remember the sweet old lady from the local fruit stall? Ever heard of Hong Kong’s last ever bird cage maker? Alvin Lam captures nostalgic Hong Kong and brings a vivid liveliness to his watercolour paintings.

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