Chaw Ei Thein

Chaw Ei Thein is a visual and performance artist based in New York. 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.

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 has been teaching art to children for more than 10 years and served as Editor for a youth magazine in Yangon. As an advocate for art, education, and creative expression, she has been a vocal critic of the restrictive curricula in Burma.

RP12 photos by Rosa Gaia Saunders

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