Chuu Wai Nyein

b. 1992 Yatsaut, Shan State, Myanmar
Lives and works in Myanmar

Since 2015, Mandalay artist, Chuu Wai Nyein, has been working on paintings which reflect her interest in the female identity. Her artistic impulse found a new outlet after experiencing sexual harassment from a man on the street. This experience made her focus on gender issues and the condition of women in Myanmar today. The artist, who is an engineer as well as a painter, has created a series of works with many layers which conceal and reveal. The paintings are created against the many ways society controls and scrutinises 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 is interested in discovering and working with handcrafted materials which showcase artwork made in part with traditional hta-meins and longyis (traditional long, wrap skirt) fabrics as canvases. The strong, confident, sexy women depicted with traditional (male) accessories challenge the control of society over women. Like her peers today, the women in the paintings are sexy, playful, confident, and thoughtful – no longer prepared to accept the traditional role Myanmar society has thrust upon them for too long.

Chuu 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 eight solo exhibitions and already had about 30 local and international exhibitions including London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Canberra. She was invited as a speaker for international and local art talks and events such as Women’s Forum (Singapore), Global Entrepreneurship Week, British Embassy class, etc. She is a founder of ‘Young Dream’ under the Jefferson Center (Mandalay) which is a group organizing workshops and exhibitions for young artists. In Myanmar, she is also well known as a young influencer artist and was for example selected to be part of the Myanmar Influencer Award. Chuu shared her inspiration and motivation on many TV channels, medias and press articles, including BBC News, VOA Burmese News, Polskie Radio, Trebuchet Magazine, Frontier, The Myanmar Time, MNTV, MRTV 4 and many more.

Country: Myanmar