Chan Aye, a sculptor, installation artist, painter, writer (of articles on art), illustrator of book covers, is a prominent and outstanding artist of Burma.
Since 1985, he had taken the leading role in countrywide art exhibitions titled Rectangular Lantern Modern Art Shows, which played an important role in early contemporary art history of Burma. And then he organized the Big Exhibition (Fountain of loving kindness – The proceeds from the Exhibition went to the victims of the cyclone Nargis, 2008).
Chan Aye was born in Mandalay. He, being a self-taught artist, was influenced by Bagyi Aung Soe, Paw Oo Thett, U Than Aung (sculptor). He is a member of Lokanat Art Galleries.
He started to make holes on canvas in 2004. He is still presenting his own concept of the holes and making his own concept art on any materiel, and some have been being made to turn to the point of his concept depicted by Literary words. In some magazines and reports his works are regarded as certain deep mystical twist, sometime etiquette, and in the other magazines and reports his works are taken as a fatalistic or even philosophical touch.
On the other hand, Chan Aye’s postmodern interpretation of famous masterpieces by Matisse, Dali, Magritte, De Chirico, Kusama, Duchamp, Vermeer, Manet and Joan Miro are physically punctured with hole as a Buddhist metaphor for piercing the inner being.
In 2009, he, as an artist in residence, discussed how his own concept has relationship with Burmese Culture and religion with the young artists at the Artist Talk at Artino Gallery in Vietnam.
His recent solo project of sculpture installation was exhibited at Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris last year, from Dec 3, 2014 to June 3, 2015.
Chan Aye won the awards at Philip Morris Group of Companies Myanmar Art Awards 2001/2002 and The 2004 Sovereign Annual Contemporary Asia Art Prize.
His overseas Exhibitions were organized in Singapore, Germany, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, China, USA (New York), UK (London), France, Korea and Japan.
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