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Shwe Thein is a highly acclaimed and talented contemporary artist hailing from Myanmar. Born in 1981 in Rakhine state, he received formal training at the State School of Fine Art in Yangon from 2001 to 2004, where he was taught by renowned artists such as Mon Thet, U Than Kyawe, U Kyaw Ohn, U Kyaw Than, U Myint Maung, U Win Tint, U Myint Naing, and U Kyaw Thu Rein.

Shwe Thein is best known for his stunning traditional Arakan sailboat paintings that showcase his remarkable ability to capture the essence of the Arakanese culture through the interplay of light, color, and elements such as sky, water, and boats. He uses color as a key component in his work, creating a sense of harmony and completeness by seamlessly blending different elements together. Shwe Thein’s incredible color combinations and bold brushstrokes evoke a sense of energy and movement, bringing his scenes to life.

Throughout his career, Shwe Thein has participated in over 40 group exhibitions both in Myanmar and overseas, showcasing his work in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Taipei, France, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. He has also held several successful solo exhibitions, including “The Burma Hues” (2011), “Expression of Freedom” (2014), and “Small Travel Memories” (2020).

Shwe Thein’s paintings offer a fresh perspective on the relationship between humanity and nature, reminding us of our past and ongoing connection with boats and the journeys they represent. He masterfully blends light, color, and brushstrokes to create dynamic, thought-provoking pieces that embody the beauty and fleeting nature of life. With his exceptional talent and unique vision, Shwe Thein is a true inspiration to art lovers and collectors around the world.


Exhibitions in Myanmar (more than 40 group exhibitions since 2004)

2004                Color Stream Art Exhibition, Yangon

2004                Color Stream 2nd Art Exhibition, Yangon

2005                Color Stream 3rd Art Exhibition, Yangon

2005                Color Stream 4th Art Exhibition, Yangon

2005                The Breeze Art Exhibition, Yangon

2006                Color Stream 5th Art Exhibition, Yangon

2007                “no-08” Art Exhibition, Yangon

2007                Color Stream 6th Art Exhibition, Yangon

2008                Memorial Nargis Group Show, Yangon

2008                Color Stream 7th Art Exhibition, Yangon

2009                Prelude to Winner Art Exhibition, Yangon

2009                Apostrophe Art Gallery, Yangon

2009                Color Stream 8th Art Exhibition, Yangon

2009                Color Stream 9th Art Exhibition, Yangon

2010                Colorful Pastels Art Exhibition, Yangon

2011                Color Stream 10th Art Exhibition, Yangon

2011                Snow Set Contemporary, Yangon

2012                Sule Aein Exhibition Opening, Yangon

2012                Art Field – 4th Art Exhibition, Yangon

2013                Absolute Art Group Exhibition, Yangon

2014                 No Rule Art Exhibition

2014                 Golden Land Art Exhibition

2014                Color Stream 11th Art Exhibition, Lokanat Galleries, Yangon

2015                3rd Northern Breeze Group Art Exhibition, Myanmar Artists Organization

2015                Save and Save Art Exhibition, The Yangon Gallery, Yangon

2016                10/10 Anniversary Exhibitions, River Gallery, Yangon

2017                Yangon Art Expo 2017, Junction City Tower, Yangon

2017                Myanmar 2050, River Gallery Artists Annual Exhibition, River Gallery,

2008-2018       Memorial of Grandmaster U Thu Kha Exhibition, Yangon

2018                 Sketch of Chin Hill Exhibition, Yangon

2018                 Studio Opening Exhibition, North Dagon, Yangon


Abroad Exhibitions

2015                Five Colors, Group show, Chingmai, Thailand

2015                MFA , Group show, Indonesia

2015                MFA, Group Show, Taipei

2016                Busan Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

2016                 Korean Culture Exchange and Exhibition, Busan, Korea

2016                Artha Gallery, Group Show, France

2016                Culture Exchange, Group Show, Malaysia

2016                  Pulau Ketam Art Festival, Malaysia

2017                Affordable Art Fair, Singapore

2018                  Culture Exchange and Exhibition in Vietnam

Solo Exhibitions

 2011                The Burma Hues, Solo Exhibition, Yangon

2014                Shwe Thein, Solo Exhibition, Pansodan Scene, art, culture, events, Yangon

2014                Expression of freedom, Solo Exhibition, BKK, Thailand

2015                Enlightenment Sampans, Solo exhibition, BKK, Thailand

2015                North Wind, Solo exhibition, Yangon

2018                 Unlocking The Potentials, Solo Exhibition, Yangon

2020                 Small Travel Memories, Solo Exhibition, Yangon

2020                 Off to the Field of Hope, New Frontier Art Gallery, Makati, Phillipines

Other achievements

Overseas Experience

2016    One week culture exchange program in S/Korea.

2016    2 weeks culture exchange program and workshop in Malaysia


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