Myanmar (Burmese) artist Chuu Wai Nyein is inspired by the lives of women in Burma and the taboo around femininity. Her provocative images and portrayal of the female sexuality has proven quite controversial in her home country and opened up eyes and doorways abroad.
Chuu Wai Nyein had a rare opportunity for a Burmese to go abroad and live in New York and Paris for some time. These journeys gave her a different perspective on the lives of women in her home country. Chuu's works show her disagreement over inequality, the unquestioning of the traditional division of roles and the image of a woman created by the media.
Since 2015, Chuu Wai Nyein has worked on images that reflect her interest in women's identity and the way women from Burma react to social pressure. She sees her paintings as part of the accelerated evolution that is currently taking place in Burma. She describes her work as both a reconquest of female identity and a send-up of the traditional idea of the Myanmar woman, who at the demands of men must be a portrait of modesty yet also quietly abide ogling, catcalling, groping – even rape.
Dual themes of constraint and liberty, Defiant yet calm, Restricted yet liberated all resonate within her works. The paintings are created against an awareness of the many ways society controls and scrutinizes women more than men, the ways that women resist, and the way that culture is evolving. She sees her paintings as part of that evolution.
After several solo shows in Myanmar she has recently shown in Paris, London and Poland.