Aung Myint, born in 1946, in Yangon, is a Burmese painter and performance artist, who is considered a pioneer in experimental art. As one of the founding members of Yangon’s Inya Art Gallery in 1989, Aung Myint distanced his art from the traditional romanticism and instead chose to address the multitude of social and critical issues through his multi-disciplinary artistic practice that include performance and installation art.
However, he is best known for ongoing “Mother and Child” series, paintings on hand made paper laid on canvas, a subtle but critical interplay between his own personal emotive and his social parameters.
A self-taught artist, Aung Myint has participated in numerous exhibitions and performance art projects internationally as well as in Myanmar. His works are in the permanent art collection of the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Singapore Art Museum, and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Aung Myint has staged more than sixty shows in Myanmar and several in foreign countries such as Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Germany, Netherlands, Vietnam, Great Britain, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong and Finland.
Aung Myint was the first Myanmar artist to win a prize from the ASEAN Art Awards, in 2002 with a set of nine paintings from his Mother and Child series. Aung Myint’s works were exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2013 and collected by the museum. He co-authored the book Myanmar Contemporary Art 1 with Aung Min.