Aung Kyaw Htet was born 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. Over the past decade, Aung Kyaw Htet has quietly produced some of the most coherent, nuanced and resonant bodies of art works from Myanmar. While his depictions of novice monks and nuns may unleash questions about the slippery social environment of Myanmar and the role of romanticism under such conditions; he instead mobilises a reserved and ordered look into the inquiry of social isolation and spiritual identity with a contemporary emotional mannerism that represents these subjects as irredeemably human.Read More
Aung Kyaw Htet’s aesthetic is reservedly authored as his work explores an artistic intellectualism where composition and narrative are pitched together. He has participated in several exhibitions internationally such as in Thailand (2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012), Singapore (2003, 2008, 2012) Hong Kong (2003, 2004), Taiwan (2006), India (2009), Dubai (2009), and Monaco (2010). His paintings are in the museum collections of the National Museum of Myanmar and the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.
Growing up in rural Myaungmya in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady region, Aung Kyaw Htet has always been surrounded by rice fields and pagodas. A devout Buddhist who is best known for his portraits of monks and nuns, he is presenting paintings of rice-planting and Buddhists offering rice to the monks in his new solo show Rice is Life now showing at...Read More