Artist Aung Aung Taik is a native of Yangon whose paintings have been
exhibited in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and Myanmar. In December
he returned to exhibit a collection of his latest paintings alongside
the work of Nandar Maung in a joint exhibition‘Nexus’ held in the Ahla
Thit Gallery. The show featured a series of Aung Aung Taik’s intensely
colourful and abstract paintings, which masterfully blend harmony and
chaos to reflect the country’s bustling street scenes.
My Magical Myanmar spoke to him at the gallery on New University Avenue during his exhibition last month.
What is your background and how did you become interested in art?
I am a native of Burma and I grew up in Yangon.
When I was young I went
to study painting under renowned artists U Ngwe Gaing and U Ba Kyi. Then
I went to the State School of Fine Arts where I got a degree. I had
shows there but during that time the country was under General Ne Win
and under his rule there was no room for free-spirited people.