M.P.P Yei Myint
M.P.P Yei Myint, who lives and works in Bagan more than 20 years, loves and values historical place so much that a lot of passion and emotion for Bagan can be seen in his paintings. His two paintings namely “Tharabar Gate” and “Dhammayangyi”, which have distinctive and eminent red and black colors, were painted with the feeling of the national heritage being destroyed. Hence, in his “Tharabar Gate” painting, he drew only the three original ancient steps of the nat nan (a shrine of Burmese spirits), which is located in the right side of theTharabar Gate, without adding the new renovated eight steps.
M.P.P Yei Myint is a renowned contemporary artist due to his innovative use of visual vocabulary. He came to the fore in the 1980s with his involvement in the development of Burmese art during the difficult period of socialism in Burma.
M.P.P Yei Myint thinks deeply and looks into Burmese history, culture and religion for inspiration to address contemporary issues in his artworks. He admires Van Gogh and created one of his remarkable painting series: “Van Gogh Goes to Bagan”, which is the juxtaposition of the Van Gogh’s painting style, strong and eminent brush strokes with Bagan, the ancient capital of Burma.
M.P.P Yei Myint was born in Myingyan, a city located in upper Myanmar, on the 17th of June, 1953. He studied at the State School of Fine Arts, Mandalay under U Win Pe, a protagonist of the modern art movement. His solo exhibitions had been held in Yangon from 1979 to 1981. He has achieved over 30 individual and group exhibitions not only in Myanmar but also in other countries from Asia and Europe: Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany and Finland. His artworks can be observed in the National Art Gallery of Singapore, Malaysia’s National Art Gallery and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.