Behind The Frame

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R. Rajkumar Sthabathy

R. Rajkumar Sthabathy

When people look at my paintings, they see portraits, a scene, skill and technique. When I paint, I want people to understand and look at the immensity of emotions of these portraits. The wide smile of a street vendor, the lost expression of a priest, the reminiscing face of a woman, the happy laugh of a child; these aren't just portraits, it is a window into the myriad of human emotions. Human emotions are magical; in my paintings, no one is impassive, they are in deep thought or expressing some form of sentiment or the other. I have entrenched respect...

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Zwe Yan Naing

Zwe Yan Naing was born in 1984 in Taunggok, a river town in Rakhine State. He moved to Yangon to study at the State School of Fine Arts. Zwe Yan Naing has had numerous exhibitions in Myanmar but has also shown his art in Brighton, Seattle, Amsterdam, Bangkok, and Hong Kong. His first solo exhibition was held in 2012 at the Pansodan Gallery. The paintings that Zwe Yan Naing is best known for are those showing a Burmese girl with thick patches of thanakha on her cheeks. It is a girl who appears in his dreams, and each time urges...

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U Sein Myint

U Sein Myint was born in 1945 in the Sagaing Hills in Upper Myanmar near the City of Mandalay. After completing high school, he continued his studies until he reached the final year at the Mandalay Arts and Science University majoring in Myanmar language and literature. As a student of the arts, Sein Myint apprenticed himself to well-known personalities in the world of Myanmar art such as Paw Oo Thet, U Win Pe and U Lu Tin. He continued to improve and hone his skills by studying and apprenticing under master craftsmen like U Aye Myint (Master of traditional Myanmar...

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Maung Myint Aung

Maung Myint Aung was born in 1959 in Htoo Gyi in the delta Ayarwaddy Division. After attending the State School of Fine Arts in Yangon he worked as an illustrator from 1984 to 1988. Since then he has carved out a living exclusively from painting. Maung Myint Aung has exhibited in Myanmar and other South-East Asian countries, exhibiting nearly every year since 1996. Maung Myint Aung is famous for the characters depicted in his paintings. He created several series showing big men and women with abstract backgrounds, bold colors and interesting compositions. "The big fat guy series began with some...

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Zin Yaw Aung

Zin Yaw Aung was born in Yangon in 1988, he attended the Yangon State School of Fine Art from 2003-2005, where he studied under well known artists such as Win Tint and Maung Oo. His paintings have been well exhibited in group shows since 2007. His first solo exhibition was held at Pansodan Gallery in 2015, titled The Mist Has Spectrum. Also he has been selected repeatedly as a finalist in the Tun Foundation Art Competition. Zin yaw Aung works speak of the child-like enthusiasm with which he approaches work. Like a child exploring the world, he finds new ways...

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