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.