Aung Kyaw Htet Biography

Aung Kyaw Htet was born in 1965 in Myaungmya and studied at the State School of Fine Arts in Rangoon. He is a devout Buddhist and grew up in a small village -- two factors which have a strong influence on his art. Information about Buddhism in Burma can be found at Over the past decade, Aung Kyaw Htet has quietly produced some of the most coherent, nuanced and resonant bodies of art works from Burma. While his depictions of novice monks and nuns may unleash questions about the slippery social environment of Burma 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. 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 (2002, 2004, 2005, 2008), Singapore (2003, 2008) Hong Kong (2003, 2004), Taiwan (2006), India (2009), Dubai (2009), and Monaco (2010). His paintings are in the museum collections of the National Museum of Burma and the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.