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Sandar Khaing

Born: 1971
Hometown: Yangon

Sandar Khaing is as a leading contemporary female artist in Myanmar and one of only a few female artists who kept pushing the boundaries in Myanmar. She studied under prominent artists Pe Nyunt Wai and Win Pe Myint. Known for her large female nudes, she rarely had the opportunity to show her work in public before 2012 as the Myanmar censorship board banned any form of nude art. She only paints with live nude models, which is not easy to find in the conservative Myanmar society. The inspiration for her “The Naked Truth with Camera” series arose from asking one of her nude models to hold a camera when posing. She realised the act of holding the camera changed the model’s demeanour and added an air of ease and confidence. As a line artist, she prefers to draw heavyset women due to their curves.

She was featured in the New York Times as one of the artists in Myanmar who risked creating art under an oppressive regime. Her work has been show in more than thirty exhibitions locally and internationally, including Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and the United States. She has exhibited at Art Stage Singapore and London’s Saatchi Gallery START Art Fair.

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