Every piece of art tells a story. That is what we believe and why we set up ArtAnt. We want to create a platform that gives a voice to Myanmar artists and makes the art buying experience accessible and engaging for art lovers. Ultimately, we want to share happiness through art.
Here are some of our artists’ stories:
Aung Kyi Soe. His “Living with Crows” series was inspired by his observation on how the human kind is behaving more and more like crows. He said “Living in today’s society makes me feel as if I’m living in a murder of crows; it’s scary and threatening. Few people realise that in our daily lives, we’ve become bloodthirsty crows. Living alongside the real crows, you begin to notice the feral hunger of the crows inside your own spirit.”
Pann Kyi. Painting is a meditative process for Pann Kyi. Being in nature inspires feelings of peace and solitude. His paintings of forests and waterfalls, collected by art lovers internationally, capture the moment when one finds inner peace. “I find peace when I paint and I want to share it with my audience,” said Pann Kyi.
Sandar Khine. Her paintings of female nudes stand out in the conservative Myanmar society. A leading contemporary female artist in Myanmar, she challenges the country’s notion of the ideal thin female form with her large paintings of nude, heavily set women. She paints from live models but has found it increasingly challenging to find good live models. Her “Naked Truth with Camera” series was a result of her attempt to help her models relax. She said “I asked my model to hold a camera and do whatever she wanted. She immediately became more relaxed and comfortable. I also found the different positions in which she held the camera very interesting.”
Tin Maung Oo. He is one of the few Myanmar artists of his generation who managed to pursue a career in painting without having to work as a magazine illustrator or take on another job. “I have been painting for as long as I can remember. I would not know what else I can do if I do not paint,” says Tin Maung Oo. A master in the use of colours, he is known for his distinctive style of using elements of cubism to depict scenes such as villages, boats, and Myanmar dancers. He keeps a low profile and prefers to let his paintings speak for themselves.
With a contemporary art scene that is just beginning to open up, Myanmar artists offer many interesting stories for the rest of the world. Stay tuned as we continue to share them through ArtAnt.