Aung Kyaw Htet

Myanmar 1965

Painting, Drawing

Aung Kyaw Htet
Aung Kyaw Htet
December 31, 2014
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Aung Kyaw Htet is a talented painter from Myanmar who has become one of the country’s leading artists. He was born in 1965 in Myaungmya and studied at the State School of Fine Arts in Yangon, after working on a river boat for years in order to save enough money for his art education. Htet is a devout Buddhist and grew up in a small village – that are the 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. His paintings of religious life in Burma show monks and nuns in a realistic manner, though non-essential objects are omitted from the paintings to focus on the religious aspects.

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, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Dubai, Monaco, Korea, and the USA, New York. His paintings are in the museum collections of the National Museum of Myanmar and the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Fine Chinese Paintings & Contemporary Asian Art AuctionBonhams, Hong KongGroup
2014Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art AuctionBonhams, Hong KongGroup
2012Aung Kyaw Htet - IlluminationsThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2012Aung Kyaw Htet - IlluminationsRaffles Hotel - Chan Hampe Galleries, SingaporeSolo
2010Aung Kyaw Htet - Shades of GreyThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2009Aung Kyaw Htet - The Silent JourneyThe Red Gallery, DubaiSolo
2008Aung Kyaw Htet - Burmese Inspirations - oil paintings and drawingsThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2008Spiritual Spaces - Celebrating Thavibu GalleryThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2006The Spirit of BurmaThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2004U Lun Gywe and Aung Kyaw Htet - Burmese Master PaintingsThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2002Aung Kyaw Htet and Myint Swe - Burmese DaysThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
1998Asean AR Today Thailand & Cambodia, Laos, MyanmarThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup