Kin Maung Yin

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Kin Maung Yin

Kin Maung Yin (1938[1]–2014) was an influential Burmese artist and recognized as one of the leaders in the first generation of Burma's modern art movement together with Win Pe and Paw Oo Thet. He died at Yangon on 10 June 2014 at the age of 76.[2]

He studied architecture at University of Yangon. He joined the team for 18 months in construction of Kamalapur Railway Station, Dhaka after he graduated. It was his first and the last salary-man job.[3] He was in film business[4] before started painting in 1960s. He was known not only for his paintings but also for his monk-like devotion to art alone and a proclivity for a hermetic life of solitude.[5]

He was inspired by Dutch modernist Piet Mondrian during his school days[6] but later some of his works including the portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi were inspired by Italian modernist Amedeo Modigliani. He also wrote several books. One of his well-known books is Koob One. Some others were Art Language, Art Standards (co-author Zaw Zaw Aung), Paw Oo Thet’s Visit, and Kin Maung Yin 72. His biography, This is Khin Maung Yin, by Ma Theingi was published in late 2010. [7]


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  7. ^ "Burmese Artist Kin Maung Yin's work to be exhibited by British Council". 2011-07-11. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-16.