Phyu Mon is a multi-media artist born in 1960 in Mandalay, Myanmar. She graduated from Mandalay University with a Bachelor of Arts and studied painting under the master artist U Ba Thaw between 1978 and 1979. Phyu Mon was introduced to video and film production through a programme from the University of Finland. She is one of the very few women artists in Burma who currently works with digital photography, a medium that has propelled her to address the angst that many Burmese women experience.
Her hybrid of conceptual art, identified through a surreal edge, is a result of her feminism and social activism that have influenced her much sought-after works about the relationship between Myanmar’s cultural environment and its economically conflicted and contested identity that have resulted in most of the population living in poverty.
She has been a regular participant in exhibitions since 1985 and as an emerging artist, she represents a new breed of Burmese artists who openly express their restrictive state with broad meanings. Phyu Mon is also a performance artist and is a renowned poet in her native Burmese language.
Some of her recent solo exhibitions include Hope – T.H.E.O. Arts Professionals, Singapore, 2013, Dream Lands – Asia Fine Art Limited, Hong Kong, SAR, 2012. Her group exhibitions include Beyond Burma, Bangkok, 2012, One Hundred Years International Days, Hong Kong, 2011, Magnetic Power, Seoul, 2009, Aye Ko, Aung Myint, Nyein Chan Su, Phyu Mon, Burma – Speaking Alone, Bangkok, 2009, Myanmar Contemporary Art Festival, Landon, 2010, Multimedia Art festival, Yangon, 2010; Blend the World, Copenhagen, 2010, Blue Wind Contemporary art Exhibition, Yangon, 2009, We are Burma, Berkely, USA, 2009.
The artist lives and works in Yangon, Myanmar.