S Moe Z:Portfolio Biography
Born in 1977 in Zalun, Ayarwady Division, Myanmar
Studied Under U Saw Than Naing, U Than Kywe, U Myint Maung, U Aung Ba,
U Win Tint, U Thein Soe, Ko Thant Zin (Orient), U Thet Oo,
U Myat Tun Aung, U Kyaw Ohn & U Kuaw Thu Hein.
1997-2000 Studied at State School of Fine Art, Yangon
1998 14 Faces Art Exhibition, Orient Art Gallery, Yangon
1998 Mother’s day Exhibition, Yangon
1998 New Plantation Group Show, National Museum, Yangon
1999 New Nursery Art Show National Museum, Yangon
2001 New Nursery Art Show Group Show, Yangon
2002 Unity Art Show, Yangon
2004 The Breeze Group Show, Yangon
2007 99 Classic, Lokanat Gallery, Yangon
2008 99 Classic, Thamada Hall, Yangon
2008 Art Field, Group Show, Yangon
2009 Art Field, Group Show, Yangon
2010 99 classic group show, Yangon
2010 Art Field, Group Show, Yangon
2011 Kayin Art Exhibition, Group Show, Yangon
2011 To the Beach Art Show, Cyan Bay Art Gallery, Ngapali Beach,
2011 Best painting of the Year Exhibition of final list, Yangon.
2011 Dancing Hue Art Show, Bogyoke Market, Yangon.
2012 July Image Art Exhibition, Taw Win Center, Yangon.
2012 Impressive Art Exhibition, Art Plus Art Gallery, Yangon.
2012 Kayin Diary, Art Exhibition, Group Show, Yangon.
2013 Color Rain Art Show (Orient Art Gallery)
2015 3rd Northern Breeze Group Art Exhibition, Myanmar Artists Organization
(Central) Gallery, Yangon
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,
2007 Art from Myanmar, Group Show, New York, USA
2009 Myanmar Discovered, Group Show, HK
2010 Myanmar Art & Culture Lecture, Group Show -Boston, USA
2010 New Beginning Group show, Princeton, USA
2011 Gallery Verde, Group Show, New York, USA
2011 Five Myanmar Painters, Group Show, Kingstion, USA
2011 Eye on Burma Group Show, the East Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2012 Burma Rising, Group Exhibition, NY, USA
2012 Anniversary Art Show of the East Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2013 Wonder in the land-Group Exhibition, The East Gallery, Toronto,
2014 Burmese Spring at First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2014 Leading Lights/New Works (Vietnam/Burma/Cambodia), ARTA gallery,
Toronto, Canada (May)
2014 Burmese Spring; at Fragrant Wood Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2014 Burma / Vietnam / Cambodia: Leading Lights, Group Exhibition,
2014 Funf Kontinente Museum - Group exhibition, Munich, Germany
2015 Myanmar in motion, group show, LWH Gallery, Shanghai, China
Funf Kontinente Museum, Munich, Germany
I appreciate the value of light. Because of light, we can feel and see all objects. In my paintings, I always paint darkness in order to appreciate the light. Without light, everything is impossible. The dark in the paintings represents suffocation in this country where most people are trying to survive. There is only a very little hope, which is like a dim flickering light.
The main feature of my composition is this contrast between dark and light. The subject of my work - monks and nuns - is almost incidental; I have featured them because the color of their robes goes well with black.
I under paint the canvas black, and then I draw the figures directly. I take pleasure in omitting the shadows and just painting the light against the deep black background.
How long I take to finish the paintings is depends on my emotion. Sometimes, it takes about two weeks, sometimes about one month.