Sue Htet Aung studied art under master artists Sayar U Thu Kha and U Ba Lone Lay. He started his art career as a graphic illustrator, writing and illustrating graphic novels under the name “Sue”. He switched to painting when the graphic novel industry in Myanmar declined, and painted under his full name “Sue Htet Aung”. Compared to being a graphic illustrator, he found the freedom to express himself in painting.
He paints mostly in impasto style and derives inspiration from the night scenes of Yangon, focusing on scenes from tea shops and markets. In Myanmar, as with many cities in Southeast Asia, tea shops form the ideal location for social gatherings, to discuss politics, current affairs or just the latest gossip in town. As a young man, Sue Htet Aung used to spend nights in Yangon at tea shops with friends. With rapid urbanisation, he fears the loss of the tea shop and market culture, something that is very significant to Myanmar.
Since 2000, he has participated in over thirty group shows and two solo shows locally. He has exhibited four times in Hong Kong. He was the first prize winner of the SME Art Contest in Yangon.
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