Originally from Seoul, Yon Yi studied journalism in the US and worked in marketing and communication fields for many years in Hong Kong before taking up her earlier interests in drawing and painting. She studied Art and Design at Hong Kong University, enrolled in painting courses at the RMIT University, and then eventually completed a BFA at Massey University in Wellington, after her family moved to New Zealand in the mid-2000s. During her final year at Massey, Yon Yi won the 2013 Europe Day art competition sponsored by the European Union in New Zealand, and her drawing was selected as one of the finalists for the 2013 Parkin Drawing Competition. After graduating, Yon Yi continued her practice at the Toi Pōneke arts studio in Wellington and has participated in several New Zealand Art Shows. Her works are now in private collections throughout New Zealand.
Yon Yi now lives in London, where she is undertaking to complete the MA Painting course at the Royal College of Art.
Yon Yi holds a MA in Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia in the US, and a BA in English from Korea University in South Korea. She also holds a Diploma in International Advertising from the International Advertising Association from New York.