Aung Chiemt, who is a great very modern poet, was born in 1948 in Yangon. He is one of vanguards of the revolutionary poets who took Burmese poetry from the traditional to the modern. He started writing on hand-writing postcard of memorial occasion in 1965. He was sent to Insein prison in 1965 as he got involved into political movement. He was one of leading poets for “revolutionary poets”. They believe politics and poetry could not to be separated. In 1968 about one hundred poets were arrested by Ne Win military regime because of this revolution. It was known then as the Spring Suppression. The arrests were “to stop the Underground Poets” because they stand on people’s side. But Aung Cheimt was lucky this time as he was not arrested. ” Myself and poetry cannot be separated. Writing poetry is my life” said Aung Cheimt. He wrote poems at “Moe Wai” magazine and other magazines and became the key poet at “Moe Wai” in 1971-1972. His one of most popular poetry book “Classical Ma Ma” was published in 1974. He is a full-time poet and his poems have been published in many magazines since 1970. He is one the only poets able to make living from his poetry through selling to numerous books and sales of his own numerous books of poetry. He has published over twenty books and now writing more and more. This Cheimt and Chan’s Text and Visual Collaboration is second time by Aung Cheimt and Chan Aye. This collection can be seen at Nawaday Tharlar Gallery in Yangon.
Chan Aye was born in 1954 in Mandalay. He is a self-taught artist and got influenced by Pagyi Aung Soe, U Paw Oo Thett, U than Aung (Sculptor). He is a prominent artist and has been working as illustrator, painter, and sculptor and installation artist. He also writes articles on arts. He had taken the leading of modern exhibition called Rectangular Lantern, Early Myanmar Modern Art Shows in country wide since 1985. He started making holes on canvas in 2004 which is a Buddhist metaphor for piercing the inner being or inner self. He did artist residency in Vietnam in 2009 and had a talk at Artino Gallery in Vietnam about this concept of making hole and how it relates to Myanmar Culture and Religion. He also did a solo project on sculpture installation and exhibited at Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris from Dec 2014 to to June 2015.
He was awarded at Philip Morris Group of Companies Myanmar Art Awards 2001/2002 and the 2004 Sovereign Annual Contemporary Asia Art Prize. His work has been shown in more than 40 exhibits locally and in more than 20 exhibits internationally in Singapore, Germany, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, China, USA (New York) and UK (London).France, Korea and Japan. This Cheimt and Chan’s Text and Visual Collaboration is second time by Aung Cheimt and Chan Aye. This collection can be seen at Nawaday Tharlar Gallery in Yangon.