Chaw Ei Thein

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September Sweetness (artist preliminary sketch), 2008 Sugar (5.5 Tons/ 4,989 Kg) 2.6m (12ft) © R. Streitmatter-Tran
September Sweetness, September 2008 Sugar 2.6 Meters/12 Ft High © r. streitmatter-tran
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
Rangoon / HCMC
Works in
Rangoon / HCMC
mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual, sculpture

CHAW EI THEIN is artist from Yangon, Myanmar.

She has exhibited her first solo art exhibition and performed new work at the 2004 Nippon International Performance Art Festival (NIPAF) in Japan. She continued developing and performing work for TIPALive (2005)in Taiwan, Asiatopia in Thailand (2005/2007/2008), 8 Open International Performance Art Festival in Beijing (2007,) Small East Asia Co performance art event in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Toyama in Japan (2008) and the 7*11d Performance Art Festival in Toronto, Canada. She exhibited her second solo painting show at the Espace art gallery in Bangkok (2005), the Hermes’ Ear Art Exhibition at the Nitrianska Gallery in Slovakia and Budapest (2006) and her third solo exhibition at the Balance Art Gallery in Chiang Mai.

She was an invited speaker at the Asia House Art Gallery in London where she presented “The Myanmar Performance Art Scene: challenges faced by Myanmar artists” during the September demonstrations of 2007. Her work has been widely covered in the international arts press including Artforum, Art Asia Pacific, C-Arts, and The New York Times.

The architectural mixed-media installation, September Sweetness, debuted at the Singapore Bienniale 2008.In addition to her work as an artist, she is also co-founder and Director of the Sunflower Art Gallery in Yangon. In this capacity she has developed several initiatives including the organizing of art exhibitions and fairs including special exhibitions for children’s art in Myanmar and Cambodia, and for psychiatric patients. She recently was awarded The Elizabeth J. McCormack and Jerome I. Aron Fellowship in connection with the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). She will be an artist in residence with the ACC for six months and will exhibit a new body of work at its conclusion in 2009.

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