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Aung Kyaw Htet - BUDDHIST INSIGHTS
By JORN MIDDELBORG * Art AUNG KYAW HTET (Courtesy Thavibu) I have known the Myanmar artist Aung Kyaw Htet for around fifteen years, since the time his daughter was born. He came from a humble beginning, growing up in the Delta Region which is regularly flooded and where rice is the staple crop. Aung Kyaw Htet moved to the capital Yangon to realize his dream of becoming an artist. As with many other Myanmar people, he is an ardent follower of Theravada Buddhism as it is practiced in Myanmar. His art (a glimpse of which one can have in a group show at Agora Gallery in NYC until June 9th) has been profoundly influenced by Buddhism and his experiences with monastic life; much of it portrays Buddhist imagery, such as monks and nuns, often with expressionistic or ethereal backgrounds. We sat down to discuss religion and art prior to his temporary ordination with his son. He and his son plan to be temporarily ordained just after his wife and daughter, and will remain as monks for about ten days. Why …