Myanmar [Burmese] Artists | Aung Kyaw Htet

Aung Kyaw Htet was born in 1965 in Myaungmya and studied at the State School of Fine Arts in Yangon.  He is a devout Buddhist and grew up in a small village -- two factors which have a strong influence on his art.  He is internationally known for his hyper-realistic paintings of monks and nuns and Buddhist life in Myanmar, where his focus has been on the humanity of the people rather than monks as religious symbols. He is a master of rendering expressive faces and the use of light and shadow and subdued colors to convey the serenity of the works. In the current exhibition, his focus is on Rice as the source of life in Myanmar. The cultivation and production of rice has contributed to the growth and wealth of Asia and is an integral part of life here. In this series of paintings, he explores the journey of rice from when it is planted, grown, harvested, cooked and served as meals or offerings in Myanmar. Coming from a Buddhist background, he explores how rice is used in various religious and non-religious contexts in Myanmar. He has participated in several exhibitions internationally such as in Thailand (2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012), Singapore (2003, 2008, 2013) Hong Kong (2003, 2004), Taiwan (2006), India (2009), Dubai (2009), Monaco (2010), Korea (2013) and the USA, New York (2014). His paintings are in the museum collections of the National Museum of Myanmar and the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

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