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Myanmar artist holds Buddhism-theme exhibition at Blue Gallery
The Saigon Times Daily
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Myanmar artist holds Buddhism-theme exhibition at Blue Gallery

The Saigon Times Daily

“Praying”, one of Aung Kyaw Htet’s 17 oil paintings on display at the Blue Gallery - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - Seventeen oil paintings by Aung Kyaw Htet, said to be the most famous contemporary painter of Myanmar, are on display at an exhibition entitled “Serenity and Splendor of Myanmar” at the Blue Gallery, Hanoi from now until August 14, 2018.

Gorgeous smiles and eager discussions can be felt, yet no characters in the paintings speak a word. Through the paintings, the monks’ faces are characterized by the glow of deep knowledge and inner reflection, showing that even through bitterly difficult times, the world is still beautiful and warm.

“Aung Kyaw Htet can create exquisitely detailed realistic paintings but is also very liberal and adventurous when it comes to abstraction. His paintings are truly serene and splendid, peaceful and glorious. Peace is shining in each face, in the smile of the novice, in the aura of nature and floating clouds, the footsteps and even in inanimate objects. And the splendor is the inspiring beauty spread from the heart and soul of such honest people," said art critic Ngo Huong Sen.

Buddhism goes deep into the cultural life and is the core of Myanmar. In traditional villages, temples are the center of cultural life and people always express their gratitude and respect.

Aung Kyaw Htet was born and emerged to become one of Myanmar’s most important contemporary painters in such context. His detailed depictions of novice monks and nuns are both realistic and sensitive as he captures their expressions with humanity and dignity. His compositions and use of color emphasize the serenity of his Buddhist faith - an important foundation to his Myanmar culture despite the disparaging conditions and poverty that prevails in the country.

The artist is a devout Buddhist and grew up in a small village - two factors which have a strong influence on his art. His new landscape and culturally oriented paintings mark a departure from his earlier photorealism. They show the willingness to try out new methods and draw viewers’ attention to the playful colors of a country rich in splendor.

The exhibition “Serenity and Splendor of Myanmar” at the Blue Gallery is the first art activity to introduce a nearly complete range of paintings by a Myanmar artist to Vietnamese art lovers, illustrating the similarity between the two countries which is sometimes considered the shortest way to deep mutual understanding.

Aung Kyaw Htet was born in 1965 in Myaungmya, Delta Region, Myanmar. He studied at the State School of Fine Arts in Rangoon and with art mentors U Thukha and U Aung Moe.

The Myanmar artist has hosted or co-held many exhibitions around the world such as “Burmese Days” in Thailand, “The Silent Journey” in Dubai, “Shades of Asia” in Hong Kong, “Art Monaco’10” in France and “East Meets West” in the U.S.

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