Life and Art of Htwe Htwe Hlaing

The young fine-contemporary painter, who is bravely exploring her painting style. Within stylized lines, Htwe Htwe Hlaing enjoys possibility of colour schemes and varieties. Born as a daughter of a famous cartoonist, she has grown up surrounded by full of drawings and paintings.

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Daughter of a Cartoonist 

Htwe Htwe Hlaing was born in 1982 in Yangon as a daughter of the famous cartoonist, Shwe Ko Oo, publishing his cartoon on the journals. Which naturally made her draw cartoon like her father ever since child. She does not remember why and when exactly, but one day when she was about 15 years old, she wished to change something and she stopped drawing cartoon. She started being more interested in painting and art. 


Art Training and Support from GV

Htwe Htwe Hlaing graduated Bachelor of Science in Botanic from Dagon University in 2005. At that time, universities in Myanmar did not provide full-time undergraduate courses but only part-time or distance courses. Therefore she had time to attend the day class in the State High School of Fine Art (a.k.a. SSFA) in Yangon during her university education from 2002 to 2005. She learnt art under U Kyaw Thu Rain, U Thet Oo and U Than Kyaw.

In 2002, Htwe Htwe Hlaing was selected as one of the awardees of Golden Valley Art Centre (a.k.a. GV)’s art student support. In those days, the gallery supported art material and necessary items for the students of the SHFA. She was recognized as one of the promising young painters, as such she won the second prize in the graduation show of the SHFA. She has joined GV as a member artist and presented her paintings in the regular group shows since 2005. For her, Silver Jubilee Show in 2012 was the most memorable event with GV. In the event, so many artists gathered at the gallery and chatted together happily.


Challenges and Dreams

Few years ago, Htwe Htwe Hlaing was close to being selected by the Japanese Embassy as a young Myanmar artist to study and present art works in Japan. But due to the language condition, which required the selected artists must speak in Japanese, she sadly missed the chance. She still can speak a little Japanese from her practice of those days hoping to visit there someday.

Currently she is interested in abstract and semi-abstract style. She is challenging to uniquely combine traditional and contemporary art. “Whenever and whatever I paint, I have to struggle a lot”. It sounds like she is suffering “growing pain” of developing artists.  



Interviewed by Pirica Art Centre in March 2013

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