Myanmar [Burmese] Artists | U Lun Gywe


U Lun Gywe was born in 1930 and is one of the most well-known and well respected artists in Myanmar today. He is considered probably the greatest living master of Myanmar impressionist painting.  He graduated from the Art Institute of Teacher's Training and continued his studies under famous artists such as U Thet Win, U Chit Maung, U San Win, U Thein Han and U Ngwe Gaing. "I paint according to my emotions", says the artist, "drawing inspiration from smell and textures, light and shadow". At the center of U Lun Gywe’s oeuvre is a focus on the female form, and in particular the beauty of females dancing, taking a bath or preparing their traditional Myanmar thanaka makeup.  Although U Lun Gywe paints other subject matters, he always returns to his favorite subject with a vision of female beauty. He exhibits regularly in Myanmar and has participated in several art exhibitions abroad, such as in Japan (1985), Korea (1989), Australia (1990, 1991, 1992), USA (New York, 1990, 2006), Singapore (1995, 2004, 2006, 2009), and Thailand (2004, 2005, 2007, 2011).  His works are found in the public collections of the National Museum of Myanmar and the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.


Book: Feasting the Female Form With an artistic practice that spans more than fifty years, eighty year old U Lun Gywe is regarded as Myanmar's most prominent master painters and one of Southeast Asia's most important senior artists. U Lun Gywe's figurative works of Burmese women are a celebration of their inherent beauty and grace, which he renders through his unique Impressionist style of painting that is a combination of orientalist discipline and western artistic practices. His paintings of dancers and village women, rendered with a vibrant palette and sweeping brushstrokes, are filled with movement - a contrast to his quiet sketches of nudes that aptly reflect his western art training.


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