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Shwe Thein

Born: 1981
Hometown: Kyauk Taw, Rakhine State

Shwe Thein studied at the Yangon State School of Fine Arts under art masters Mon Thet, Than Kyaw, Win Tint, and Myint Naing. He has a very supportive father who allowed him to follow his passion and pursue art.

Mon Thet, retired principal at the School, said “Shwe Thein’s raw talent was recognised the moment he started school.” His works in school drew admiration from his teachers, but what made him stand out most was his voracious thirst for learning.

Shwe Thein’s earlier works were on traditional Rakhine wrestling but he has increasingly been focussing on his seascape series, painting sail boats in his home state of Rakhine.

“Growing up, I could not help but watch the boats on the river next to my hometown. These images became stuck in my mind’s eye,” said Shwe Thein. “Later, when I started to create art, these scenes were always present to me. In my early days as a painter, I was very attracted to impressionism, so I painted these riverine scenes in that style. Lately, I have been in the mood to express my vision using broad strokes of colours. With this new idea in mind, I continue to create art by painting in a semi-impressionist and semi-abstract style.”

He has exhibited widely in group shows in Myanmar and internationally, and has held five solo exhibitions.


Click here to see Shwe Thein's artwork.