Women's Forum Asia 19


Chuu Wai Nyein



Chuu Wai Nyein is a Mandalay artist who has been active since 2008 when she began studying at the National University of Art and Culture, Mandalay and Technological University, Mandalay. She has had seven solo exhibitions, once in Mandalay in 2014, four times in Yangon in 2017, 2018,2019 and two times in Paris, France in 2018. She already had almost 30 local and international exhibitions including in London, Warsaw, NewYork, and Canberra. Three international exhibitions are planned for 2019, one in NewYork in August, one in Thailand in September and one in Paris in October. Since 2015 she has been working on paintings that reflect her interest in the female identity. The artist, who is an engineer as well as a painter, has created a series of works with many layers that conceal and reveal. The paintings are created against an awareness of the many ways society controls and scrutinizes women more than men, the ways that women resist, and the way that culture is evolving. She sees her paintings as part of that evolution. Chuu Wai Nyein is interested in discovering and working with handcrafted materials, as can be seen in this exhibition which showcases artwork made in part with traditional hta-meins and longyis fabrics as canvases. Many of them have a woman’s face or skin replaced by the traditional decorative flourishes from the temple and court art. Others are painted on the fabric used for women’s clothing, with the woven pattern showing through the portrait. Many are sexy, playful, confident, thoughtful and are the women Chuu Wai Nyein sees among her peers.