Introduction from the publication, SELECTED MASTERS PAST AND PRESENT

Myanmar Art Past & Present

During the Bagan period (11th to 13th Century, A.D.), paintings on palm leaves, mural paintings and Parabeik paintings (folded books depicting Buddha's life) flourished.

In Myanmar of the 15th century, Inwa period, painting of Parabcik was popular and mural paintings also continued to flourish.

Myanmar in the Early 19th century, Konboung period, was introduced to European art forms. Saya Kya Nyunt and Saya Chone, who were court painters to the King, of Konbaung, were major artists not influenced by European tradition.

Saya Aye, a successor of Saya Chone represented the painter of Early colonial period.

After falling under the British yoke in 1886, European painting techniques reached Myanmar. Forerunners of European techniques were U Ba Ohm, U Tun Hla and U Pho Ba who studied at home and U Ba Zaw and U Ba Nyan, who studied in Britain.

Since the gaining of independence in 1948, well known artists, Saya Saung, U San Win, U Ngwe Gaing, U Ba Kyi, U Ba Thet, U Khin Maung, U Aung Khin, U Thein Han, U Kyaw Hlaing, etc., continued to practice European painting techniques derived from the Myanmar artists of the colonial era.

The State School of Fine Art was founded by the ministry of culture in 1952.

In the 1960s U Kin Maung, Baji Aung Soe, Nan Wai, Win Pe, Khin Maung Yin attempted to show modern works of art.

A few artists like Baji Aung Soe and Paw Oo Thett were successfully capable of reviving traditional style in a modern manner.

Selected Masters Past and Present presents the most of major artists who succeeded the forerunners.


View of the Palace

Homage and Tribute

The Road to Home

Portrait of Royalty

Making of an Elephant

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