Born in 1950 in Yangon, Hlaing Bwa has been a full-time artist since he studied under the old master U Thein Han in the 1970’s. His bold brush strokes and creative color schemes are reminiscent of the European Impressionist style. Monet is Hlaing Bwa’s inspiration. His motifs portray a tranquil Myanmar: the scenic Bagan, colourful Shan State, vibrant market places and lone ladies lost in the moment.
Hlaing Bwa always paints his family and neighbours. So, his wife, sister-in-law and nieces are often subjects. When his nieces were young, he painted series of children. As his little nieces grew up, he started painting young ladies in a room with flowers, which has become Hlaing Bwa’s most recent signature motif.
His work is illustrated in Myanmar Painting: From Worship to Self-Imaging (2006) and mentioned in Burmese Painting: A Linear and Lateral History (2009).
“Hlaing Bwa’s figure studies are rich in colour and with innovative compositions. His paintings have a dreamlike and poetic content even as they are visually strong.”