Wunna Aung, born in 1978 in Yangon, is one of Myanmar’s well-recognized urban artists. Since high school Wunna has studied painting under artists U Aye Htun, U Win Htein, U S-Tin Shwe and U Aye Myint (TTC). He graduated from the National University of Art and Culture with a B.A. in Music and also has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Dagon University in Yangon.
Creativity for Wunna is an act of crossing aesthetic and cultural frontiers and genres. In other words, his multifaceted work has consistently shown his ability to trespass cultures, notably by crisscrossing the ancient culture of Myanmar with his iconic Pop paintings. An examination of such a concept leads fairly directly to the relationship between contemporary art and material culture.
As much as Wunna is engrossed in popular culture, he is equally fascinated by personalities that have shaped Myanmar’s history – both by their symbolic nature and their vestiges of human existence. The dynamics of such representations lie in the paintings’ potential, where his working process is more like a painted collage. Instead of incorporating external elements into the picture, however, he creates layers for visual textures.
A member of ROAR group, Wunna Aung is a regular participant in urban art activities in Yangon. Amongst notable exhibitions he has participated in recently are Art + Plug Season One Exhibition, Rendezvous II: South East Asia Urban Art Event, 2013, and Art + Plug Two (Avant Garde) Art Exhibition, 2014.