Iron Man in Cardboard by the Taiwanese Tony Stark

High Art from Lowly Materials: the Amazing Cardboard Art of 鍾凱翔 (Kai-Xiang Xhong), the Taiwanese Tony Stark

Mar 5, 2014


We're excited to introduce you to 20-year-old "Cardboard Artist" and Taiwanese student 鍾凱翔 (Kai-Xiang Xhong). The stunning craftsmanship and detail he applied to his first cardboard creation, “The Dragon” left our students, fans and ALL of us at Stan Winston School speechless. We anxiously waited for nearly a year to see what he would create next, and we were blown away to see all of his new work, including a full-size, wearable CARDBOARD IRON MAN SUIT!!!

Enjoy his story!
Erich Grey Litoff
Co-Founder Stan Winston School



Hi everyone, My name is 鍾凱翔 (Kai-Xiang Xhong), I am from Taiwan. First of all, I really appreciate the opportunity that Stan Winston School gave me. I now have the chance to share my work with everyone!
Pictured above: In a departure from his usual medium, Xhongkai made the Alien out of drinking straws.

I am interested in the things that all boys like since I was little. For example, animals, monsters, robots and dinosaurs. 

Pictured above: A cardboard horse and a cardboard dragon. The dragon was Xhongkai's first creation and it remains his favorite piece.


I just drew them at first, then I started to love making paper sculptures in junior high school, and creating with cardboard has been my main focus from senior high school until now. 

Pictured above: Xhongkai encourages people to make what they love, using the materials they have on hand.  You don't need a lot of money to make a cardboard Alien Doorknocker.

I have since produced lots of artwork with cardboard. For example, Optimus Prime from TRANSFORMERS, skeletons of the T-Rex and a Pterodactyl, an IRON MAN suit, and so on.  And the last three of them were all made full-size.

Pictured Above: Cardboard Optimus Prime, a samurai helmet and a stunningly life-like bird. All made out of cardboard.


For my cardboard IRON MAN SUIT, I used pepakura technique. But I did not add any special color on the surface. Keeping the cardboard color and texture was deliberate. That’s my style.        

Pictured above: It took Xhongkai a year of working on the Iron Man suit in his spare time to complete it. 


Now I am 20 years old. Creating is the most important part of my life. I hope I can keep going in the future.

Pictured above: The Bearded Dragon is so life-like, that some of the SWSCA staff thought it was a REAL pet!

You are welcome to visit my Facebook Page. You will see more artwork in more materials, including food! Thank you for checking out my art.

- 鍾凱翔 (Kai-Xiang Xhong)



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