Thu Myat (Myanmar)

Thu Myat was born in 1986 in Yangon. Thu Myat has a B.A. in Business Management as well as a Diploma in Multimedia. As a designer with a strong interest in developing consumer concepts, he has long recognized the changing nature of urban art and the part it can play in raising awareness and social consciousness amongst the public. Thu also infers that urban art in Yangon could be better defined as public art in that its intention is to enhance and transform the visual amenity of sites that if left alone would be dull, if not actually ugly. At the same time, through his staging of Rendezvous, he has demonstrated that art can be a means to develop skills and improve the quality of life. Thu Myat’s visuals are simple, yet extraordinary for their resonance and resilience. There is none of the expected upbeat imagery of street art, nor any reminiscence of murals or forced celebration of colors. He is the co-founder of Plus Ka Gyi – a company that specializes in graphic design. A member of the OKP Crew, he has been at the forefront of Myanmar’s urban and street art ­– especially as the organizer of Rendezvous: South East Asia Urban Art Event. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, including several group shows at New Zero Art Space and Lawkanat Gallery in Yangon. He also participated in the exhibition Urbane at Folklore-Kunstraum in Innsbruck, Austria, 2013.